Monday, January 6, 2014

Walking is good exercise

We all can benefit by walking for exercise. It is recommended that one should walk at least 5 times each week. Try to find a partner or group to walk with for motivation and safety. It is advisable to wear reflective clothing, even during daylight hours. It is also a good idea to bring a cell phone  with you and let someone know where you will be walking. Walk standing up straight, tall and relaxed with your head up--do not look down. Hold your arms at  a 90 degree angle and swing them normally. It is a good idea  to stretch before you start. After stretching, start with an easy five minute warm up walk. If walking along the road, always walk on the left side facing traffic. Drink plenty of water or a sports drink while walking. Bring along energy bars, trail mix, or raisins in case you need a snack while walking. If you are wearing headphones, make sure you watch out for cars, bikes, and other pedestrians. If you feel tightness or pain at all while walking, stop and stretch some more. Finally take an easy five to ten minute walk afterward to help cool own. Walking is a good form of exercise no matter what your age!!

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