Walking for Fitness: The Beginner's Handbook

Walking for Fitness: The Beginner's Handbook

by Marnie Caron

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“This book is a step-by-step guide to get you started and offers good advice on everything from the right shoes and diet to staying motivated.” —Good Times Magazine
Includes tips and walking programs by Olympian Lynn Kanuka
Walking is the most popular physical activity in North America, and for good reason: it can be done by people of all ages and all levels of physical ability, the risk of injury is low, and it doesn’t require a carload of expensive equipment. Best of all, brisk walking for just 30 minutes four times a week reduces the risk of heart disease, diabetes, obesity, osteoporosis, and other health problems. This comprehensive guide helps readers make the most of their walking. It offers two step-by-step programs developed by fitness professionals; advice on shoes, clothing, nutrition, and routes; tips on staying motivated and avoiding injury; stories from real-life walkers; and ways to include friends and family. Whether the goal is to return to activity, reduce the risk of illness and injury, or to minimize one’s impact on the environment, this encouraging book helps readers put their best foot forward.
“Caron covers everything including the various health benefits, warming up and cooling down, and the right kinds of clothing and shoes. There’s a list of reminders on how to incorporate walking into my daily routine . . . and a number of walker profiles. The profiles can be motivational and illustrate the reasons people have for walking and how it can be an important part of keeping fit.” —Toronto Star

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781926685557
Publisher: Greystone Books
Publication date: 07/01/2009
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 121,068
File size: 825 KB

About the Author

Marnie Caron writes extensively in the area of sport health and sport training as SportMedBC's Communications Coordinator. She holds an M.A. in Communication Studies with a focus on the health of First Nations women in Canada. Marnie lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.

SportMedBC is a not-for-profit society that is a focal point for sport health, sport safety, and sport training within British Columbia. SportMedBC is located in Vancouver.

Table of Contents


1. Why Walk?
2. Getting Started
3. On the Go
4. The Psychology of Exercise
5. Fuelling the Body
6. Injuries
7. Including the Family and Friends
8. What’s Next?
Appendix A: Stretching Exercises
Appendix B: Par-Q
Appendix C: Shoe Shopping Tips
Appendix D: In Training to Walk 10K Program

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