1. Health
You can opt-out at any time. Please refer to our privacy policy for contact information.

Discuss in my forum

How to Walk for Beginners

By

Updated June 21, 2014

couple-brisk-walking-Jim-Cummins-The-Image-Bank-AB71903.jpg
© Jim Cummins / The Image Bank / Getty

Congratulations, you have decided it is time to start walking for health, fitness, and perhaps weight control.

Walking is a great, natural way to achieve daily physical activity.

We will lead you through a program for absolute beginners, with the goal to have you walking comfortably for 30 minutes to an hour, the level of physical activity recommended to reduce risks of heart disease, type II diabetes, breast cancer and colon cancer.

1. Preparing to walk: what you need to do before you begin a walking program. This includes whether you need to get medical advice before starting a walking program, what to wear for walking, and what kind of shoes to wear.

2. Walking Technique: Next, you will learn a good walking technique with proper posture, use of arms and leg motion.

3. Beginner's Walking Schedule: how often to walk, how fast and how far to build up to the level of 30-60 minutes per day.

Prepare

We begin by getting you ready to head out the door -- or onto the treadmill. All of the advice included is good for walking either indoors or outdoors. To begin, we'll see if your body has any special needs before starting an exercise program. Then its on to gear-up with clothing and shoes.

Next Page > Do I need to get medical advice?

©2014 About.com. All rights reserved.

We comply with the HONcode standard
for trustworthy health
information: verify here.