Walking Safety TipsPosted: Apr 21 in Lifestyle and Activity by Staff
Walking is a great way to ease into a more active lifestyle. Practice these safety tips to get the most benefit from your walking regimen.
10 Walking Safety Tips
- Talk to your doctor before starting any exercise program, including regular walking.
- Don’t overdo it. Allow your body time to adjust before you try walking too quickly or for long periods of time.
- Get a pair of walking shoes that provide adequate support and stability.
- Use the “Talk Test” to determine if you’re walking too quickly or too slowly. You should be able to answer a question, but not carry on a full conversation.
- If you experience any pain in your muscles, joints, chest, or head during or after walking, contact your physician.
- Use a watch or pedometer to help you set goals and monitor your progress.
- If you walk outdoors alone, always let someone know what route you’ll be taking and when you expect to be back.
- Wear light-colored clothing or reflectors when walking outdoors to make yourself visible to motorists.
- Always walk facing traffic instead of in the same direction so that you can see any oncoming vehicles.
- Vary your walking route from day to day to avoid becoming bored. This can also prevent someone from memorizing your whereabouts or routine.