“Iused to be teased by my husband about walking. He used to say that it wasn’t serious exercise. Then he walked one of our routes with me and battled to keep up. He was impressed by how far and fast we walk. He doesn’t tease me anymore,” said a member of the Walkie Talkies, a group of Hilton women who walk regularly. A major point in favour of walking is that it poses the smallest possible health risk of any form of cardiovascular exercise. Toni Jubber (64), a Walkie Talkies member, had a triple heart bypass operation in 2006. “The medical personnel said it was absolutely essential that I walk, so I started by walking down the corridor, which was a triumph. I built up slowly until I could return to walking with the group after about six months. I have been walking for more than 20 years, but could only join the group and walk daily when I retired in 2000,” Jubber said.