Written by Bill Hanks
More individuals use walking more than any other exercise. As the warmer weather begins to approach, individuals from all walks of life begin to move outside for this physical activity. This article will give you some suggestions on how to prep for warm weather walking.
The American Heart Association has a web site called Start Walking Now. It is an excellent source for the person that uses walking for their fitness routine.Ā Planning
Many individuals don't think that they need a plan to walk. It is the best thing an avid walker can do. There are many things to take into consideration. Things like your route, shoes, dress, distance/time and terrain are factors to consider.
1. Select clothes that are comfortable. Shoes and socks are just as important.
2. Plot and map your routes.
3. Record you distance and time it takes to travel them.
4. Let someone know your plans. The older you get the more important this is.
5. Use a walking stick. Sticks are used for balance, and moving objects out of the way. They can also be good to hold off dogs, if necessary.
6. Start small and gradually improve in all areas. 30 minutes is ideal for the beginner.
7. Have a physical before you even start.
8. Vary your routes. Have at least two routes. One is easy and one is challenging.
9. Consider using a community walking path or trail. They are usually well maintained. Warm Weather Considerations
1. Stay hydrated. You can carry water with you.
2. Avoid direct sunlight. Find a shady path.
3. Use a breeze. A cool wind can keep you fresh. Check the weather.
4. Lighter clothing. Dress for environment.
5. Use a shorter route. You can always add to it.
6. Walk with a partner. They can give you good advice as you walk.
7. Walk in the cool hours. Early morning and right before dusk are ideal times for warmer weather.
8. Take a break. Sit and relax to cool down.
Do some simple stretches to loosen up. These are even important in a warm climate. Start with the upper body and work your way down to your legs. Never stretch till you feel pain. Long slow stretches are the best.
"Eat Better, Feel Better, Walk Better and Live Longer."