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Beginner Walking Workouts

A 12-Week Program that Builds Endurance


  • Hi all. I am going to start walking. I need to talk with my physical therapy person and Dr.I have spinal arthritis.
    - 11/1/2015 8:47:02 AM
    Fantstic program .For many years I Nordic power walk 4 to 6 miles daily 365 days a year and enjoy the challenge of all weather conditions. The outdoors is my medication for the day. Then I indoor row for 10 km ,aiming for 5 million metres..Would like to encourage people in appreciating life with actiyity ,a smile and wellness. - 8/24/2015 10:18:09 AM
    Thanks Jen. Great article, great help, especially the RPE method. I'm sure your other readers would gain something from this too.
    - 7/29/2015 1:14:38 PM
  • This plan is definitely doable. I'm starting right away. - 5/12/2015 5:12:20 PM
    Walking with intention is always a good exercise. I continue to wish that Spark People would allow you to record intensity of a work out - calories really vary. - 5/12/2015 1:18:12 PM
  • GASKIN134
    I have been back and forth with getting into moving like I should and this article was a good foundation to follow. My only question is what do you recommend for warming up and for cooling down? - 5/12/2015 7:14:10 AM
  • I've dreaded any kind of exercise for so long but actually look forward to starting this tomorrow! I have chronic back and hip pain due to an extremely stubborn spondylo, but I thinkpart of my problem is that I haven't exercised in so long - "use it or lose it". I'm 69 and need to lose 132 lb, so I'm here for the long run (and there's a laugh for you)! Anyway, I am truly inspired by this article. Thank you! - 3/16/2015 2:24:57 AM
  • KRCT16
    Great article. It will be a drag to start during winter but there's no better time to start than the present. - 2/1/2015 3:44:32 PM
  • even though I go to the gym 3-4 times a week I dont like walking outside, so this is a good idea to ease me into it - 1/24/2015 3:20:22 PM
  • Very usefull article. Thank you, we need more of these. Walking is my favorite activity ever. - 1/24/2015 5:42:46 AM
    Enjoyed reading this article, and this seems like a good idea for my fitness program. Going to go for this one.
    - 1/3/2015 4:34:30 PM
  • I started this today and am looking forward to progressing with it. I have a bad knee and do mostly water exercises, but I love this time of year and want to be outside. - 10/8/2014 9:02:45 PM
    I hope someone sent KEMOGANGAN the Leslie Sansone's web address because she DOES put out great free exercise videos there. I have many of her DVD's and my biggest problem came two years ago when I got really good at working the computer. ZAP! here I am sitting on my tush typing, and reading, and blogging WAY TOO MUCH! My plan is to tapper off, right? LOL!!! All addicts have withdrawal and this machine keeps me enthralled for hours! So, I have GOT to get away more often to do those exercises on my DVD's again. Wish me luck, folks! - 8/29/2014 8:41:41 AM
  • I followed Dr. Andrew Weil's plan in his book, "Eight Weeks to Optimum Health."
    week one starts with 10 minutes of walking, increasing by 5 minutes each week until one is walking 45 minutes.

    Do whatever you can. It is always better to do something rather than nothing. - 8/21/2014 9:45:45 AM
  • All this info is a great to know... I'm trying to figure out how to copy for myself. - 5/26/2014 9:43:51 AM

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