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Weight Management: Starting a Walking Program (411)

Weight Management: Starting a Walking Program (411) - Clinical Hub, Patient Education, Health and Nutrition Facts For You, Nutrition

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Starting a Walking Program


1. Start slow
If you have not been physically active, slowly build up your time in 5-10 minute increments
to 30-45 minutes a day, most days per week. Aim for at least 150 minutes of physical
activity per week. This may take 8-12 weeks. Be patient.

2. Begin each workout slowly
Allow a 5-10 minute warm-up period. This warms your muscles up and gets them ready for
activity. Starting and ending your exercise slowly may also prevent muscle injury.

3. Listen to your body
You should be able to “walk n’ talk” while exercising. You are going too fast if you cannot
complete a sentence.

4. Gear Up
Select good walking shoes and break them in slowly. Think about what else would help you
succeed: Headphones and an MP3 player? Walking with a friend or family member?
Mapping out a scenic route?

5. Pay attention to warning signs
Stop exercising if you feel dizzy, are unable to catch your breath, feel faint or have
pain/pressure in your chest. Call your doctor right away and do not exercise until you are
cleared to do so.

6. Dress for the weather
Wisconsin weather can be extreme. On hot humid days, exercise early in the morning or late
in the evening. Wear light, loose fitting clothing and drink 8-12 oz. of water before, during,
and after exercising. On cold days, dress in layers. The first layer of clothing should wick
moisture away from your body. Don’t forget your hat and gloves.

7. Be Consistent
Make exercise a priority for your health. Share your experience or exercise with an exercise
partner to keep you motivated. Set realistic short term goals (minutes, distance) and long
term goals (complete a charity run/walk) to help track your progress.




Warm-up Activity Cool Down Total Time
Week 1

3 times a week

Walk slowly

Walk briskly

Walk slowly

15 minutes
5 minutes 5 minutes 5 minutes
Week 2

3 times a week

Walk slowly

Walk briskly

Walk slowly

17 minutes
5 minutes 7 minutes 5 minutes
Week 3

3 times a week

Walk slowly

Walk briskly

Walk slowly

19 minutes
5 minutes 9 minutes 5 minutes
Week 4

3 times a week

Walk slowly

Walk briskly

Walk slowly

21 minutes
5 minutes 11 minutes 5 minutes
Week 5

4 times a week

Walk slowly

Walk briskly

Walk slowly

21 minutes
5 minutes 11 minutes 5 minutes
Week 6

4 times a week

Walk slowly

Walk briskly

Walk slowly

23 minutes
5 minutes 13 minutes 5 minutes
Week 7

4 times a week

Walk slowly

Walk briskly

Walk slowly

25 minutes
5 minutes 15 minutes 5 minutes
Week 8

4 times a week

Walk slowly

Walk briskly

Walk slowly

28 minutes
5 minutes 18 minutes 5 minutes
Week 9

5 times a week

Walk slowly

Walk briskly

Walk slowly

30 minutes
5 minutes 20 minutes 5 minutes
Week 10

5 times a week

Walk slowly

Walk briskly

Walk slowly

32 minutes
5 minutes 22 minutes 5 minutes
Week 11

5 times a week

Walk slowly

Walk briskly

Walk slowly

35 minutes
5 minutes 25 minutes 5 minutes
Week 12

5 times a week

Walk slowly

Walk briskly

Walk slowly

40 minutes
5 minutes 30 minutes 5 minutes








Teach Back:

What is the most important thing you learned from this handout?

What changes will you make in your diet/lifestyle, based on what you learned today?


If you have more questions please contact UW Health at one of the phone number listed below.
You can also visit our website at www.uwhealth.org/nutrition

Nutrition clinics for UW Health and American Family Children’s Hospital (AFCH) can be
reached at (608) 890-5500.































Your health care team may have given you this information as part of your care. If so, please use it and call if you
have any questions. If this information was not given to you as part of your care, please check with your doctor. This
is not medical advice. This is not to be used for diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. Because each
person’s health needs are different, you should talk with your doctor or others on your health care team when using
this information. If you have an emergency, please call 911. Copyright © 2/2017 University of Wisconsin Hospitals
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