Walk smart and be safe (CC) Larry D. Moore
Face the facts, in today’s society, everyone needs to exercise caution; and walkers, without a doubt, must use extra precautions when it comes to staying safe outdoors. The amount of daylight will continue to decrease as the season changes, with the shortest day, winter solstice, occurring sometime between December 21st and December 22nd.
To walk smart is to walk safe.
It is of the utmost importance for walkers to be cautious, not paranoid. Walking outdoors can still be an enjoyable form of exercise; however, safety measures must be applied. But if all this seems too disturbing to bother during shorter days or inclement weather, then consider alternatives. Go to http://www.examiner.com/x-17524-Detroit-Walking-Fitness-Examiner for the Examiner.com’s article entitled “Join a mall-walking club this winter” to read about some options to walking outside. Also, taking your daily walk-for-fitness on a treadmill makes a great winter alternative.
Here are some things to keep in mind while walking for fitness outside:
- A L W A Y S
- Walk in well-lit areas.
- Be aware of your surroundings.
- Wear reflective shoes or clothing.
- Carry a flashlight at night.
- Carry a cell phone.
- N E V E R
- Walk alone in an unfamiliar area.
- Walk alone at night.
- Leave trails or paths.
- Obstruct hearing with both headphones.
- Ignore your gut instincts.
Have fun, invite someone to walk with you, and continue to gain the benefits of walking. Always remember, though, walking safe is walking smart.
Consult your physician before starting any exercise and/or diet regimen.