Harvard Health Letter

Start a walking program in 3 easy steps

Starting a walking program can seem overwhelming. The best way to begin is to start slowly and gradually increase the amount of steps taken each day. Before starting, one should get a doctor’s okay and map out a route. It’s important when walking to wear clothes that suit the weather: cotton shorts and tees in the spring and summer, and sweat pants and long-sleeved layers in the fall and winter. Walking sessions should be divided into three parts: a slower pace to warm up, a faster pace to get the heart pumping, then a slower pace to cool down. 
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