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Walking Motivation: 6 Tips from Real Women

Walking 30 minutes a day can help reduce the risk of coronary heart disease, lower blood pressure and cholesterol, and increase life expectancy, says Joy Bauer, RD, a spokesperson for the American Heart Association. Need even more motivation to lace up and get out the door? Check out the tips below from women just like you.
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Make a change.

As a nurse in Tyler, Texas, Deb Taylor, 38, was aware of the importance of a healthy diet and exercise. But for years she lived in denial, allowing her weight to top out at 320 pounds. "Finally I realized I wasn't happy and that it was up to me to change."

When she started walking regularly, results came quickly. "In a few months I went from barely being able to do 20 minutes on the treadmill to power walking a half-marathon [13 miles]!" She lost 170 pounds in one year.

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