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Health Tip: Walking for Exercise

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(HealthDay News) -- Walking is a great form of daily exercise that can help you achieve and maintain a healthy weight.

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons offers these suggestions to help you establish a walking-for-exercise program:

  • Walk at your usual pace for about 5 minutes, then speed it up to where your heart is beating faster and you feel like you're inhaling more air. Keep up this pace for about 15 minutes. Repeat your warm-up pace for another 5 minutes.
  • Always wear a sturdy pair of shoes that offer good arch and heel support.
  • While you walk, remember to let your arms swing.
  • Walk with your toes pointing straight ahead.
  • Flatten your abdomen, straighten your back, and walk with your head up.
  • Walk briskly and with long strides, but make sure your stride is comfortable.
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