1. If you have a chronic health condition or an injury, check with GP before you start your regular exercising.
  2. Invest in the best shoes you can afford. Good shoes will reduce the risk of blisters, calluses and overuse injuries.
  3. Always warm up – walk for 5 minutes at a slower pace before picking up the speed.
  4. Pay attention to your heart rate and breathing. You should still be able to hold a conversation without too much trouble. If you can’t, then you may be exercising too hard.
  5. Consider buying a pedometer or an electronic fitness tracker to monitor your progress.
  6. Carry water, especially if you’re exercising over long distances or in hot weather.
  7. Wear plenty of sunscreen and a wide-brimmed hat (when possible) at all times, but especially on warmer days.
  8. Keep it interesting. Find out what works for you – you may like walking with friends, walking different routes or listening to music.
  9. Exercising shouldn’t hurt. If you feel any type of muscle, head or chest pain, see your GP immediately.