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Start a walking program in 3 easy steps

Map out a route, dress appropriately, and follow our quick-start guide to get going.

As we said on page 1, exercise is medicine, and walking is a very common and good form of exercise. Regular brisk walks can help lower the risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. They can also strengthen bones and muscles, burn more calories, and lift mood. So why is it hard for many of us to start a walking program?

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