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Beginner Walking Workouts

A 12-Week Program that Builds Endurance

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  • ODONNELLI46
    i likethis idea@ will start in the middle,because i have been walking for a while. all encouragement welcome. - 1/15/2010 2:00:48 PM
  • As someone with some health problems, walking is about all the exercise I can do. This is a very good plan although I may take longer to reach the brisk walk than others. - 1/7/2010 6:30:30 PM
  • TARDIS
    At my current fitness level, I think walking is about all I can handle. I want to build up some endurance. I should be able to do this at lunch. - 1/7/2010 5:24:46 PM
  • i love to walk even though i haven't done so in 5 mos., but here i come i'm ready for a challange. 1/1/10. just love it, walking gives me gusto. - 1/1/2010 2:03:53 PM
  • RHONDAKEVANS
    When my mom gets here I'll start. She is one of the few that understand where I came from (I had a stroke 2 yrs ago). She'll be here in just a few days and this is just perfect for me. I think perfect for her too! - 12/4/2009 1:07:47 PM
  • I go to the gym 3x a week, sometimes 4 for 1 hour and 20 minutes, but I am serously thinking about to start runing in the morning in the days that I don't work out....good luck to me : ) - 11/11/2009 8:36:16 AM
  • Thanks Coach Jen,

    I enjoyed this. I am taking over The Virtual Walking/Running Challenge from Coach Nancy, so this will come in handy for new members.

    Thanks for all you do.

    Nancy - 9/26/2009 10:25:25 AM
  • LOSINIT48
    I've been walking my dog on my map trail for over 6 weeks now. Our pace and route are entirely chosen by her, so the aerobic value is minimal, (sniff grass, walk a few steps, sniff animal prints, walk a few steps, sniff... well you get the picture) but it's a good warm up for me. I now plan to walk mid-day without her and step up the pace which means I'll start somewhere towards the quarter to mid-range of the 12-week program. I'll back off if it's too much, move forward if not enough. - 9/24/2009 12:55:15 AM
  • I'm going to begin the walking program. I will start somewhere in the middle because I'm already walking 20 minutes a day. - 9/9/2009 12:33:02 PM
  • I actually started walking Thursday and did a 15 minute walk today after breakfast. I'm working out without even really knowing it. - 9/5/2009 9:40:04 AM
  • I'm starting the program - will walk at lunch time 3 times for 15 min starting tomorrow. It looks doable. - 9/2/2009 8:58:09 PM
  • i like guidelines. following directions. commit to following 12 week beginner walking workout today!! - 7/26/2009 10:51:30 AM
  • I was looking for a friend, info on walking and I came across this article. Thanks so much. - 6/9/2009 9:07:10 PM
  • I have been a total couch potato - my work and social life are all sedentary. I will commit to starting the beginners walk today. I am having surgery in three weeks but I figure - take each day as it comes and anything that will make me stronger today is great,. Will let you know how I do - thanks for the support. - 6/2/2009 11:58:46 AM
  • I've been walking for cardio since I don't have any gym equipment and at this point don't want to pay a gym membership fee. I was building up my endurance and working to increase my speed when I started having heel problems. I learned that I am walking incorrectly because of some orthopedic foot problems I have had since a baby, so now I feel like I am back at square one and starting all over training a set of muscles I haven't used all my life. I have a podiatrist appointment next month and hope he can give me some tools and fit me for some good sturdy shoes that will help me reach my goal. A bit discouraged, because the rest of me says go, go, go, but I just can't speed walk yet and walk properly. I'll get there.
    Thanks for this article. - 5/25/2009 11:05:56 AM

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