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March 23, 2014

EXTENSION NEWS: Walking is wonderful

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Follow these hints as you begin your walking program:

• Set aside a certain time during the week for your exercise.

• Avoid exercising after eating.

• Wear shoes that provide a good support.

• Dress more lightly than usual for the weather because exercising will raise your body temperature. You might want to dress in layers that can be removed when you warm up.

• During hot weather, walk in the evening and early morning to avoid the heat and use sunscreen to protect your skin.

• Walk with someone to make the walking more pleasurable.

Here are some steps for walking correctly:

• Move at a steady, comfortable pace. Check your pulse to see if you are hitting your target heart rate.

• Hold your head high and keep your back straight. Move your feet in a straight line while moving your arms in rhythm to your steps.

• Land on your heel. Roll forward and push off from the balls of your fee.

• Take easy, comfortable strides.

• Breathe deeply, breathing through your mouth.

Participate in the Walk Across Texas Challenge. Walk Across Texas – Parker County will begin April 6 and run through May 25. You can do it as a group or individually. Visit walkacrosstexas.tamu.edu. Let’s see how many miles we can walk in Parker County.

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