5 Ways to Walk More

1. Always be ready. Keep a pair of walking shoes and socks at work and by the door at home, so an impromptu stroll is easy.

2. Dress right. Choose loose, comfortable clothing that gives you plenty of room to move your arms and legs. A good pair of walking or running shoes, with socks, is also a must. They don’t have to be expensive—but don’t skimp on comfort to save a few pennies, either. (Just think of walking shoes as your cheapest form of health insurance.) Replace your shoes when they become worn down.

3. Enrich the experience. Listen to your favorite music while you work out—research suggests it will help you stick with your regimen longer. Or try talk radio, podcasts or books on CD. You can also make your walks a destination in themselves, by trying a new course every once in a while—perhaps a local park, lake path or arboretum instead of your usual neighborhood walk.

4. Mall-walk. Indoor walking eliminates the “bad-weather” excuse and it’s a great place to meet a friend and socialize as you move. To avoid temptations to buy at the stores (not to mention the fiendishly aromatic cinnamon buns at the food court), leave your wallet and credit cards behind.

5. Find a walking partner. Besides having someone to talk to and make the walk more interesting, a partner helps make you more accountable. You’ll be less likely to skip a walk if you know someone’s waiting for you. If you feel unsafe or self-conscious walking alone, a partner can make all the difference.

So get moving

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Sanjana Shenoy

About Sanjana Shenoy

A dietitian from Mangalore, India. A post graduate diploma holder in “Dietetics” and a university topper from Welcomgroup School of Hotel Administration from the prestigious Manipal University. At present working as a Dietitian for the Manipal Group of Hospitals namely KMC hospital Mangalore, India. Consultant for corporates like Infosys and others, conducting talks and presentations for various associations and local television shows.

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5 Responses to 5 Ways to Walk More

  1. Tamal Anwar November 4, 2008 at 7:57 pm #

    I get less time to go outside because I’m a work at home blogger. I spend some time walking inside my house. Whenever I go outside, I just watch over the stores, banners and the street to make my walk more enjoyable. You can also walk on your building’s terrace/roof if you don’t want a polluted place.

  2. Sanjana Shenoy
    Sanjana - Dietitian November 5, 2008 at 9:50 am #

    Thats very inspirational…It has indeed become an hazard for many to exercise in polluted cities…Its a lovely tip!!!

  3. ankita January 7, 2009 at 5:56 pm #

    Brisk walking has always been the best way to loose weight and also to have a perfect physique, ur advise is quite beneficial…

  4. priti shrivastava July 21, 2011 at 6:29 pm #

    i have a fatty liver type2 and 3 i also have diabetic i am too upset plz suggest me a diet.is fatty liver cure?i also use trademill i walk 4.5speed is it right for me my weight is 55 and hieght is 5:2

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