Walking is a great form of exercise and a fun way to get outside. But, if done improperly, it can be dangerous. Here are some tips for safe walking:

  • Remember the changes in temperature. Days with a higher likelihood of rain, snow or less daylight require some accommodation.
  • Watch for slippery leaves or hidden ice that can cause a fall.
  • Wear layers rather than one heavy jacket.
  • Consider taking a hat, scarf or gloves to keep warm.
  • Wear reflective clothes or bands, even if walking during the day.
  • Remember that drivers cannot always see you, especially if they have another car's headlights in their eyes.
  • Remember to always wear well-fitting and supportive yet cushioned foot wear.
  • Shoes lose their cushioning capacity after about 400 miles or after ageing in the closet for a long time.
  • Always hydrate even when temperatures are cooler. Try to drink 1 oz. for each pound of body weight.
  • Don't wait until you are thirsty to start drinking, dehydration kicks in long before you feel thirsty.
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