Consider Safety When Walking
General Safety Tips:
- Walk during the day and avoid isolated areas.
- Wear reflective clothing or items if being active outdoors at dusk or after dark.
- Walk with a friend, partner or find a walking group you can join.
- If walking alone, tell someone where you are going and when you will return.
- Carry water with you and drink small amounts before, during and after your walk.
- Carry identification, a cell phone and a whistle.
- Shoes should be supportive, comfortable and durable.
Warm-up and cool-down…
- Warm up and cool down at a slower pace and do some gentle stretches.
- Consult with your health care provider or recreation specialist if you are uncertain of proper technique for stretches.
Protect yourself from the sun during warm and cold weather…
- Wear a wide brimmed hat, sunscreen with SPF 15+, and sunglasses.
- In warm weather, cover exposed skin with loose fitting, tightly woven fabric. During cold weather, dress in layers.
- Try to plan outdoor physical activity before 11:00 a.m. or after 4:00 p.m. or anytime of the day when the UV index is 3 or less.
Last Reviewed Jun 2011