Walking Tips

Why Walk?

  • Walking lowers the obesity rate
  • Walkers have a lower risk of chronic diseases such as diabetes, stroke, cancer, heart disease, and high blood pressure
  • Walking can reduce stress and depression, help with anxiety and improves self- confidence, and improves mood)
  • Improving environmental health (reduces air pollution, and greenhouse gases)

How much should I walk?

The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans recommends adults get at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity physical activity, or an equivalent combination each week. The guidelines also recommend that children and adolescents be active for at least 60 minutes every day

Improve your walking experience

  • Wear a good pair of shoes
  • Wear brightly colored clothes so you are visible. Always make sure you are visible to oncoming traffic
  • Stay hydrated
  • Stretch beforehand

Don't have time to walk?

  • Take a walk on your lunch break
  • Walk in place when watching TV
  • Park further away and walk to your destination
  • Take the stairs, other than the elevator or escalator

Walking Safety Tips

  • Whenever possible, cross the street at a designated crosswalk or intersection.
  • It’s safest to walk on a sidewalk, but if none is available, walk on the shoulder and face the traffic.
  • Always look left, right and left again before crossing a street, and keep watching as you cross.
  • Walk on well-traveled streets rather than taking shortcuts in less crowded areas.


Walk this Way! A guide for developing community and individual walking programs.