Why do my hands swell up when I walk?
Another option is to carry a small rubber ball in each hand and squeeze them gently to keep the blood from pooling in your hands. However, if swollen hands don't bother you, ignore them! It's perfectly normal.
This is really a matter of individual preference. If you eat a fairly light breakfast, it won't matter much either way. Some people wouldn't think of leaving the house without at least a piece of fruit or glass of juice. Others can walk for an hour and then come back for breakfast. Of course, don't try to do any intense workout on a full stomach. One thing is certain: Drink a full glass of water before you head out. You've been sleeping a long time and you're probably a little dehydrated. If it's hot, take a bottle along with you and sip every 15 minutes.
Leisurely walking is great for stress reduction, but it won't do much to boost your calorie burn or improve your heart health. To get a good workout, your walk should be brisk -- but not so brisk that you tire fast and head for home. Here's a great way to monitor yourself: You should be able to carry on a conversation without gasping, but it should take a little effort to talk. (That is, you shouldn't feel like you're sitting on a chaise lounge yakking on the phone.) If you're gasping, just slow down a little. But if you feel like you could sing an aria without missing a beat, pick up your pace a bit.
You don't need to sweat buckets, but if you find some sweat beginning to bead on your forehead or your upper lip, you're probably cruising at a perfect pace. Most of all, trust your instincts. If you're just starting out and you are very overweight, or have any health problems, go as slow as you need to to feel comfortable. (Note: You should check with your doctor before you begin any fitness regimen.) You'll gain speed as you get in better shape, day by day.
As many as you can! Seriously, Christine, it won't harm you to walk every day as long as you're not pushing yourself too hard during your walks. That way, if you plan to walk every day and you miss one here and there, you still end up walking four or five days a week.