Everything you need to know before kicking off a walking workout plan.

Walking is a great way to get in shape—and it’s perfect for fitness newbies and devotees alike. Aside from a quality pair of walking shoes, there’s no fancy equipment and getting started is as easy as putting one foot in front of the other—literally.

But having some pointers in your fitness arsenal can help you stay on track with your walking plan and help you see and feel results sooner rather than later.

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Here are a few tips and things to keep in mind as you ramp up your walking routine:

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