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           Walking for Health by Sheryl Hollyday RN, MSN, FNP-BC

My shorts and pants are tighter; the difference in the way they fit has been a slow, but noticeable change over the past year. So it was no surprise to me, upon being weighed
at my yearly doctor’s appointment, that my weight had increased. My shock was that it was 9 pounds. She counseled me, as she does every year, that losing weight as we
grow older, becomes harder. We spoke about walking. Walking may be the simplest way to work out. You can do it almost anywhere, and it’s easy to get started: Just put one
foot in front of the other.

There are many great reasons to walk. Your heart will get stronger, you’ll lower your blood      pressure and your bones will get stronger. Walking also eases stress, helps
you sleep better, and can boost your outlook on life.

You can start slowly, with just 5 or 10 minutes a day, and work up to at least 30 minutes on most days of the week to get the full cardio benefits. Walking is an ideal type of
exercise when you're just getting started. You can go as fast or as slow as you need. You can walk around your neighborhood, on a school track, or through a nature trail. If
the weather is bad, try walking in a mall. If you have a treadmill, you can even walk indoors. If you walk outside, walk in safe areas, stay cool, drink water, and wear sunscreen!

Do it alone or with a friend. Try a walking club or recruit your family for an after-dinner walk. All you need is a pair of walking shoes. Opt for shoes that support your arch and
slightly elevate your heel.

A friend of mine recently shared that he was worn a Fitbit since 2013. He was thrilled to see that in the past 5 years, he has walked a total of 11,477.35 miles! I am
impressed. Maybe I will get one to motivate me in moving this plan forward. I have spoken to my neighbors who also have a desire to move more, get in better shape and,
hopefully, lose some weight. We have made an agreement to start our walking regime. It’s hot right now, and so the thought of doing this is a little scary, but by September
when you are reading this, perhaps the weather will be more inviting to our walking.  Either way, we are going to do it! Check in with me in 3 months and ask me how I am