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Office of Work-Life Programs -
Review of Walking Program crew exercising on boat

Description: Walking is one of the easiest forms of exercise to engage in. When done at a high intensity for prolonged period of time, walking can be an excellent activity for achieving weight loss.

Pros:  Walking is a low impact activity making the risk of injury minimal. It can be done almost anywhere and requires no equipment but a good pair of shoes.

Cons: It is a good cardiovascular exercise but does not build up any strength. If not done at a high intensity for a prolonged period of time, walking may not produce a training effect.

Cost: The price of a good pair of walking shoes.

Point of Contact
If you are unable to contact the Health Promotion Manager on your Regional Work-Life Staff, or need additional assistance beyond the information provided here, please contact the Headquarters Health Promotions Program Manager, Tim Merrell at (202) 475-5146, fax (202) 475-5907, or email at

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Last Modified 3/23/2016