Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Top Tips for Walking to Work

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Top Tips for Walking to Work

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Byline: STEPHEN PRICE

TOP TIPS FOR WALKING TO WORK:

. Give yourself enough timethe average walking speed is 3mph. So leave home early.

. Enjoy yourself keep your shoulders relaxed and arms loose at your sides.

. Stay safedon't walk between stationary traffic because cyclists and motorbikes won't seeyou. Only cross the road at zebra and pelican crossings.

. Wear the right shoesthe potential damage to your feet, knees, hips and lower back is huge if youwalk in the wrong footwear. Avoid heels and flip-flops and instead buy a pairof casual walking shoes. If you are prone to blisters, you can buy specialplasters that minimise the likelihood.

. Carry the right bagdon't overload your body with too much weight. Only pack what is absolutelynecessary and use a rucksack to distribute the weight..

HEALTH BENEFITS

. Walking is a good, low-intensity cardiovascular workout that can lower yourblood pressure and reduce your risk of heart attack, osteoporosis and type IIdiabetes. …

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