Safety Tips When Walking
It is important to stay safe when walking. Here are some helpful tips to remember before stepping out for a walk.
- Immediately STOP walking if you feel lightheaded, dizzy, or in pain. Rest and wait until your symptoms go away. Make sure you contact your health care provider before you go on your next walk.
- Carry water with you when you walk. Drink before and after your walk to stay hydrated.
- Tell a friend or a family member your walking route and the time you would expect to be back.
- Bring your cell phone, personal identification, coins to use a public pay phone, and a whistle.
- Know your walking route and surroundings. Always be alert.
- Wear reflective clothing and/or reflective items so that drivers can easily see you at dusk or after dark. Always walk in areas that are well-lit.
- Consider bringing a family member or friend along with you to help keep you motivated and to keep you company.
Be safe and enjoy your walk!
Information from/adapted from the following References:
1. Physical Activity Resource Centre. (2004). Walk this Way. Retrieved October 25th, 2010 from http://parc.ophea.net/walk-way
Last Reviewed Feb 2011