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Q: I started a walking program last fall, but these bouts of cold weather are taking away my enthusiasm. Any suggestions for staying true to my commitment while I wait for spring?

Of course, if you can afford them, treadmills are nice in winter, but even without one, you don't necessarily have to give up your walking, just consider some modifications. Dress in layers so that you can stay comfortable as you get warmed up. Ear muffs or a hat and gloves are helpful too. Remember to wear bright colors if you will be caught by the earlier nightfall. If your regular walking shoes are chilling your toes, consider some of the new, light-weight hikers. Cut higher, they keep out the slush while providing more warmth, comfort and traction. Also, remember to keep a sharp eye out for slippery or icy spots. You may have to slow down a little from your usual pace. Some days you may have to skip entirely when conditions are too bad, but don't get discouraged. When spring finally does come around again, you'll be way ahead of the fair-weather walkers.

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