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Bend your arms
Bend your arms at the elbow. You arm swing will help you step faster.
Focus on taking deep, steady breaths while you walk.
Carry hand weights
By swinging your arms with hand weights, you increase your workout tremendously (use weights up to 3 lbs).
You should always carry personal identification with you when you're out walking.
Chest up, shoulders down
Walk with your chest raised and your shoulders relaxed.
Keep your chin up as you walk.
Don't forget to cool down by walking the last half mile at a moderate pace. Finish by stretching your body out.
Keep your elbows close to your body and swing your arms back and forward.
Don't forget to enjoy your walk and remember why you're walking!
Walk facing oncoming traffic so you can see one another.
Keep good posture, with your chin level and head held high, not looking at the ground. Look about 20 feet in front of you.
Keep it level
Avoid paths with uneven sidewalks or pavement, which are harder on your legs.
Mix It up
Mix up your walks - some short days, some medium days, and some longer days.
Plan your route
Plan out your route so you know where your going along the way, and how long you want to walk.
Push off with your toes
Focus on landing on your heel and pushing off with your toes.
Short, quick steps
Take small, quick steps. Push off with your back foot.
Keep your chest raised and your shoulders relaxed while you walk.
Squat for strength
Do squats to strengthen your legs and hips.
Stand up straight with relaxed shoulders. Don't lean forward or backwards.
Suck It in
Tighten your stomach while you walk. Tilt your pelvis forward to preserve your lower back.
Use your arms
Swing your arms when you walk to add power and speed.
Vary your pace
Varying your walking pace can help to strengthen your heart and lungs. Intersperse brisk and slow parts to your walk.
Walking at night
If you're walking at night, were light-colored or reflective clothing.
Begin your walk with a 5 - 10 minute warm up at a slow pace. Stop and stretch once you're warmed up.