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Q. “Dear Dr. Schreiber: What is the best way to begin a walking program?  Jane”
A. “Drive to the mall, and park at the far end of the lot.  Walk to the running shoe store, and buy a firm, stable pair of jogging shoes, and a pair of after-market, shock absorbing innersoles.  Lace on your purchases, and walk back to the car.  See, you’ve already started walking.”


Q. “Mike: Is walking really a good exercise? Pam”
A. “Walking gets you out of the chair, out of the house, and away from the refrigerator.  It gets you into the world, where you meet dogs, kids and other neighbors. It gets your heart beating, blood pumping and your muscles stretching.  How’s that for a start!”

WALKING is one of my favorite activities. I live out in the country, and each day The Spark and I walk 6 1/2 miles in and out of town. On the way back and forth, we meet dogs, burros, horses and other walkers...The Spark barks at them all.  We both have one heck of a time!

When I was a kid, I used to spend my summers in the mountains of Southern California, hiking and backpacking.  Even in the army, I enjoyed long marches with full pack.

A PLEASURABLE PART OF LIFE: I guess you could say that walking is an exercise, but I prefer to think of it as a pleasurable part of the well rounded life.  It gets you away from the refrigerator, out of the house, and into the fresh air.

WALKING SHOES: Walking doesn’t take any special equipment, just a good pair of shoes... and the best walking shoe for you is also the best jogging shoe (training flat).

VISIT A SPECIALIST: Go to a store that focuses on joggers and runners.  Try on shoes until you find one that feels comfortable, firm, supportive, doesn’t slip up and down at the heel, yet is non-restrictive (ample toe-room).

TAKE A WALK: If they’ll let you, take a short walk to make sure all is hunky dory.  If all is hunky dory, buy two pair, and get out of there - as in “take a hike.”

THE FIRST STEP: Walking is a wonderful activity on its own.  It is also the starting point for other, perhaps higher level, aerobic conditioning programs.

THE MOSTEST, FROM THE LEASTEST: We’ve been walking since babyhood.  Walking is second nature!  Right?  What the heck do we need to learn about walking at this stage of the game? LOTS!!!

SAFE AND FUN: There are things you can do to make your walking more productive as an exercise, yet still remain fun. There are other things you can do to stay safe and uninjured. If you wish, you can make walking the first step in a more ambitious fitness program.

If you have questions about beginning a walking program, or improving the one you are already on, I am at your service.

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The information on this website is one man’s opinion.  Before beginning any new nutrition or fitness program, discuss it with your doctor. Then, the decision to take part, or no, is yours alone.

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