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Gearing up for winter walks

Walking is great exercise year-round, but cold weather and early darkness can present special challenges. Try these tips to help stay comfortable and safe while promoting your health:

  • Wear several layers and gloves. Look for clothes that will keep your body dry and comfortable; some synthetic fabrics are designed to absorb sweat. Cover your head with a knit cap.
  • Warm up with some easy walking to get muscles and joints moving.
  • You can become dehydrated - even when it's chilly out. So drink plenty of water before, during, and after your walk.
  • End with a five-minute cool-down of slow walking or other easy activity.

Be 'street smart'

  • Remember, it gets darker earlier in winter. Stay on well-lit paths and sidewalks.
  • Pay attention to what's going on around you. Watch out for hazards like dogs, ice and traffic.
  • Cross the street only at crosswalks and intersections.
  • Don't wear headphones or carry valuables.
  • Exercise with a buddy who moves at about the same speed you do. It's safer and more fun.

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