Get Moving

Photo by Victor Bezrukov

Looking for a quick and easy way to work some exercise into your routine? Try walking. You probably already do more than you realize, and even a few extra minutes each day can help. Always consult your doctor before you start a new exercise program, but here are a few suggestions to get you up to speed.

  • Buy a pedometer. You don’t need to spend a lot, but this will help you keep up with what you’re accomplishing.
  • Try to walk 10,000 steps every day. You may already be close, and small changes, like parking a little further away from an entrance, can add steps in a hurry.
  • Start by walking 2-3 times per week for 20-30 minutes at a time. Don’t have 20-30 minutes? Try 10. Sometimes finding small windows of time shows you where you can have bigger ones. (And you know My Personal Valet can always help you create a little free time, too!)
  • Invest in some good walking shoes. They should be lightweight and breathable, shouldn’t slip on your heel, should have good shock absorption for your heels and the balls of your feet, and should offer good support. Try the shoes on with the socks you’ll wear and walk around the store for several minutes to be sure they fit the way you want them to—immediately (don’t think you’ll be able to break them in). To be sure you get the best fit, shop in the afternoon.
  • Warm up and cool down before and after your walk by doing some simple stretches.
  • Wear comfortable clothing.
  • Carry an ID and your cell phone with you, and tell someone where you’re going and when you plan to be back.
  • Drink lots of water before, during, and after your walk.
  • Know your skill and energy level. Start slowly and build up over time.
  • And enjoy yourself. Take a friend (two-legged or four-legged) along, see what’s going on in the neighborhood, use the time to come up with creative solutions to problems or just as an escape from your usual “what’s got to be done next?” mode.
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