Doctors say walking five days a week for 30 minutes at a time may lower your chances of high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes. Walking may also make your bones and muscles stronger, burn calories and lift your mood.
To start a walking program-or just to walk more-try some tips from the brochure "Walking...A Step in the Right Direction" from the Weight-control Information Network (WIN), a national information service of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, part of the National Institutes of Health:
Focus On Fun
Celebrate Your Progress
You can get more healthful tips from WIN's "Walking...A Step in the Right Direction." The free brochure features tips, a sample walking program and stretches for walkers. Go towww.win.niddk.nih.gov/publications/walking.htm to read and download the brochure.
It's a publication of WIN's Sisters Together program, which is designed to encourage African-American women ages 18 and older to get to and stay at a healthy weight by being more physically active and consuming healthier foods and beverages. Go to the Sisters Together webpage atwww.win.niddk.nih.gov/sisters to learn more about that program and access other materials.
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