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Vascular walking program
With peripheral artery disease (PAD), your leg pain can limit your ability to walk and decrease your quality of life. It may be difficult to go grocery shopping or walk from a parking lot.
Why be in a walking program?
You may be thinking, "If I can't walk from my car to the shopping mall without leg pain, how could I be in a walking program?"
Beginning your program
Here are the steps to begin your vascular walking program.
Choose locations for walking. Some possibilities include…
When you go walking…
Try to begin with a walking speed of 2 miles per hour (mph). Two mph is a speed where you can walk a quarter mile (four blocks) in 7.5 minutes.
Progressing to 60 minutes
Walk every day if you can, or a minimum of 4 days per week.
Once you have reached 60 minutes of walking time, increase your walking pace (how fast you go).
Source: Allina Health's Patient Education Department, Vascular Walking Program, cvs-ahc-1484 (03/09)
Reviewed by: Allina Health's Patient Education Department experts
First Published: 09/01/2004
Last Reviewed: 03/01/2009