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Turn Your Walk into a Workout

How to start (and stick to) a walking program, whether you're new to exercise or already fit.
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8 Safety Tips for Walkers

Keep safety in mind when you walk outdoors. Follow these basic rules:

  • Walk with a buddy whenever possible.
  • Carry your name, address, and a friend or relative's phone number in your shoe or tied to a lace.
  • Wear a medical bracelet if you have diabetes, an allergy, or other condition.
  • Carry a cell phone and let a friend or relative know your walking routes.
  • Avoid deserted or unlit streets, especially after dark.
  • Do not use headsets that prevent you from hearing traffic; and walk against oncoming traffic.
  • Wear reflective material or carry a flashlight so others can see you.
  • Carry a whistle, noisemaker, or pepper spray in case of an emergency.

Above all, make walking fun and you'll be more likely to stick with it.

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Reviewed on October 13, 2011
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