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Walking for Exercise

Walking is one of the best all around exercises that a person can do. It doesn't require any special equipment, other than a good pair of walking shoes. You can walk almost anywhere at any time, even in inclement weather if you have the appropriate attire.

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If you don't like walking by yourself, get a friend or family member to join you. Save the money you would spend on a gym membership and use it where it is needed.

By Rachel's Mom from Wilkesboro, NC

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August 20, 20110 found this helpful

I have been walking for about 10 years, do approximately 6 to 12 miles a day. Often I incorporate shopping in my walks and carry home items. I walk to the libraries, stores, doctors office, malls, etc. If I can walk there, I go. I have gotten to be known by the shopkeepers and even the police who wave to me as I walk. It has saved quite a bit on my car gas bills as well as wear and tear on it also.

I personally prefer to walk alone since I can go at my own pace. However, I do not walk in desolate areas nor do I walk at night.

I also bought a bicycle and bike ride too. Unless the weather is really atrocious (then I use my exercise bike and treadmill), I am out daily.

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August 24, 20110 found this helpful

It's difficult for me to get out and about - not because I can't walk, but because I lack a sighted companion both willing and able to walk with me. My solution: I sneak in extra steps any time I can, right here at home.

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I sometimes even walk back and forth between the dish drainer and cabinet putting away clean dishes, or set the hamper of clean laundry a few steps farther away while I'm folding laundry. Every step counts!

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