In this Article
- Do you remember your first step?
- What are the top 10 reasons to walk?
- What are the types of walking?
- Where can I find tips on walking techniques?
- Is walking really a workout?
- What are the biomechanics and types of foot strike?
- What type of foot do I have?
- What type of shoe should I buy?
- How many calories will I burn walking?
- What's a good average walking speed?
- How much walking should I do?
- How do I get started?
- Where can I walk?
- Should I walk or run?
- Where can I get more information about walking?
Where can I walk?
The beauty of walking is that it can be done anywhere. Here are some suggestions:
- When you travel (a great way to explore a new city)
- Around your block
- Your local track
- Architectural walking tours
- Mall walking is great for cold or rainy conditions, and it's great for social support and meeting new people. Call your local mall to find out when their walking club meets (most of the time it's before the mall opens).
- Trails in your local park
- Enter road races sponsored by your local running or walking club. Many running clubs sponsor walking events too, and plenty of people walk road races even when people are running. Check out your local clubs.
- American Volkssport Association: A network of 350 noncompetitive walking clubs that organize more than 3,000 walking events per year in all 50 states
- Rails-to-Trails: A nonprofit organization that converts abandoned railroad tracks into biking, hiking, and walking trails
- Go hiking. It's walking in the woods! Check out the American Hiking Society for clubs in your area.
- Check out local walks for causes in your area. The American Heart Association, American Diabetes Association, and many others sponsor local walking events.
- Walk your dog!
Pedometers are beeper-sized devices that measure how many steps you take. They're a great way to keep track of your walking progress!
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