Walking to health

Walking has never been one of my favorite pastimes. Give me a bike any day!

After a knee sprain several years ago, the doctor prescribed a walking/bike program to help strengthen it. I enjoyed riding my exercise bike all winter, but when spring arrived, I knew I needed to start walking outside. I tried different ideas to encourage myself. Some worked; some didn't. In spite of my successes and failures, I finally learned to look forward to my walks.

Three general suggestions that apply to anyone considering a walking program:

1. Most important-check with your doctor, especially if you have a he...