Doctors and other health care professionals agree that walking is one of your best options for a regular exercise program. Occupational health specialists recommend walking for employees who spend too much time sitting at their desks.
Walking for 30 minutes, four or five days a week, helps you lose weight, and lowers the risk of heart disease and high blood pressure. Because walking is a low-impact activity, the chances of an injury are low compared to many other type of exercise.
Appropriate preparations reduces the chance of an injury, and make walks more effective and enjoyable. First and foremost, you must wear shoes with a wide heel counter to reduce the chances of a fall or sprain. You can buy shoes specifically designed for walking, but any lightweight, well-cushioned shoe works fine.