As you age, regular exercise and daily walks become much more important to your health. But they also pose an increased risk. Here are some safety tips so you can go on your daily walk with peace of mind.

Don’t Over Do It

Know your limits and don’t push yourself too hard, especially if you haven’t been very active for a while. Slow and steady wins the race.

Walk Somewhere You Know

Walk in a place where you know the route and what obstacles you might run into, if any. That way you’re prepared for what comes your way.

Wear Appropriate Footwear

High heels may look good and flip-flops may be comfy, but a morning walk isn’t the ideal time for them. Use supportive shoes with non-skid soles.

Walk in Groups

Start a walking group with some friends! You’ll have more fun, be better motivated to keep up with the routine, and as far as safety goes—there’s always safety in numbers.

Bring Your Cell Phone

Even if you take precautions, emergency situations can arise. Keep your cell phone on you just in case.

Take Care When It’s Cold

Winter can lead to icey, snowy, wet and slippery paths. So use a little extra caution or consider walking somewhere indoors such as a mall.

Take Breaks When You Need

If you feel pain, take a break. If it persists, see your doctor.

Keep Hydrated

Dehydration can lead to heat stroke or other serious complications. Make sure to stay hydrated with plenty of water and/or fruit juice.

Done right, walking is a safe and fun activity that will keep your body and mind in tip-top shape. So get outside and have some fun!