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Published May 26, 2009, 07:45 AM

Steps to walk to a healthier lifestyle

Here are some tips to help get you walking to a healthier lifestyle:

By: By The Associated Press, The Jamestown Sun

Here are some tips to help get you walking to a healthier lifestyle:

— Set reachable goals.

— Use stairs, not the elevator. Park farther from the office or mall. “It’s as simple as parking in the farthest spot at the grocery store or getting off your chair at lunch and walking around the building or the parking lot,” said Brian Bishop, who lost more than 100 pounds after starting a walking routine.

— Walk with a friend or other walkers. An Internet search for “walking” turns up online support and programs that include everything from calorie-burning calculators and recipes and to virtual walking groups.

“Any kind of network like that can show individuals who are having a hard time, that there are possibilities to being successful and that everybody starts with step number 1,” said Michele Kerulis, a therapist and sport psychology consultant.

— Buy new sneakers.

— Post inspiring quotes around your home. Listen to music that makes you want to get up and go.

— Work up to walking 30-60 minutes a day most days of the week — recommended by the American Heart Association for good health and maintaining a healthy weight.

— Combine walking with healthier eating.

— If you fall off the wagon today, look ahead and start again tomorrow. Ann Marie Harris, who lost 150 pounds by walking and eating better, stays motivated after slipups by focusing on benefits like feeling better about herself, while watching her blood pressure and cholesterol drop.

— Consult your doctor before beginning any exercise program.

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Source:

Various, including American Heart Association www.mystartonline.org

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