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.