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.
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!