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Sue and Joshua walking in Deux Plateux Abidjan

What's the Perfect Workout?

Sat, 22 Jul 2006

According to the experts at the American Physical Therapy Association, you might answer that it's walking! Walking is also one of the easiest and least expensive workout options you have! You can walk just about anytime, anywhere, with little more than a pair of comfortable shoes. There are some secrets to get walking on the right foot.

The experts advise you to:

  • Get good shoes: Go to a shoe store and have new walking shoes professionally fitted. There are so many brands and models available. They can help you find the perfect fit for your unique feet!
  • Ease into it: Start slowly! Gradually increase your pace and distance until you reach your ultimate goal, rather than overdoing it and getting injured right from the start.
  • Pace: Shoot for a pace that allows you to carry on a conversation without being winded. If you can't chat, you're going too fast!
  • Pay attention to form: If you find yourself getting sore after your walks, it may be your gait. If it continues, talk to your doctor or a physical therapist about how to correct it.
  • Stay hydrated: Aim to drink at least 8 to 12 ounces of water every 30 minutes while walking.

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