Walking is one of the easiest ways to get the exercise you need to
Experts recommend at least 2½ hours of
moderate activity (such as brisk walking, brisk
cycling, or yard work) a week.1 It's fine to walk in
blocks of 10 minutes or more throughout your day and week.
- If you're worried about how brisk walking might affect your health, talk with your doctor before you start a walking program.
- Start with
a short-term goal. For example, walk for 5 or 10 minutes every day. Or increase
your number of steps by 300 to 500 each day.
- After you've made
walking a habit, set a longer-term goal. You may want to set a goal of walking
briskly for at least 30 minutes a day or work up to 10,000 steps a day. You can
try to do this 5 days a week or more.
- You can wear a pedometer to
track your steps each day.
- To stay motivated, find a walking
partner, such as a family member, friend, or coworker. Daily dog walks are also
a great way to keep up your walking routine.
What do you need to know to start a walking program?
Why walk for wellness?
How can you make a walking program part of your life?
Where to go from here