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24. Buy new fitness duds.

Let's face it: Good equipment is everything. Proper shoes that make it comfortable to walk, and clothes that make you feel good when you move, can act as an incentive to lace up the sneakers and hit the walking path. The American Council on Exercise warns that athletic shoes will lose their cushioning after three to six months of regular use, increasing the susceptibility to knee and ankle injuries. Replace them periodically. Buy a comfortable sweat suit or shorts and a tee-shirt in hot-to-trot colors, such as bright red or orange, which are known to have an invigorating effect.


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All tips written by Joan Salge Blake, M.S., R.D.

--Updated August 2003


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