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Health Tip: Take a Walk!

But make sure you don't overdo it

(HealthDay News) -- Walking is a great form of exercise and amusement. But the American Council on Exercise warns new walkers to start slowly and not to overdo it.

Here are the council's recommendations:

  • Start out with a short walk of about five minutes. Then gradually increase your time and distance.
  • Don't walk too quickly; stick to a comfortable pace.
  • Practice proper posture, with your head up and shoulders relaxed.
  • Allow your arms to swing naturally.
  • Breathe deeply, and slow down if you can't catch your breath.
  • Don't move so vigorously that you can't talk while you're walking.
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