- Pace yourself. Start slow and easy, gradually building up to your pace and distance. You should be able to maintain a “conversational” pace - one that enables you to hold a normal conversation while walking without feeling winded.
- Shoe sense. Purchase walking shoes at a professional shoe store, where trained staff can fit your exact type of foot.
- Proper gait. Your own particular style of walking, or gait, determines the distribution of the stress to various parts of your legs and feet. If you are experiencing discomfort - particularly back pain, kneecap pain, legs cramps or a sore Achilles tendon - it may be the result of a gait problem and should be analyzed by a physical therapist.
- Hydrate. As with all sports, hydration should be maintained - drink comfortably and don’t let thirst be your guide. Amounts vary depending on weather and walking conditions; sipping 8-12 oz. of water every 30 minutes from a hydration pack or water bottle is recommended.
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