* Make it fun. Find a partner. Your walking partner should be able to match your speed.
* Find proper footgear. Wear shoes with proper arch support, a firm heel and thick, flexible soles.
* Wear clothes that will keep you dry and comfortable. Look for synthetic fabrics that absorb sweat and remove it from your skin.
* Set goals and rewards. A goal might be participating in a fun walk or walking continuously for 30 minutes. Reward yourself when you meet a goal, but not with high-calorie foods.
For more information and tips, visit the WIN site at www.win.niddk.nih.gov.