Walking is a great form of exercise for almost everyone. Whether you walk outdoors or on a treadmill, you can boost your fitness gains. With warmer weather just around the corner, getting outside for a walk can be refreshing and rejuvenating during these long days. See below for a few tips to keep you moving more, while also keeping your health and safety a top priority.
- Warm Up and Stretch – Engage in a quick warm-up using your largest muscles repeatedly (such as arm swings and back rotations) prior to brisk walking. Relax your upper body as you walk – shoulders back, head up and chest lifted. Loosen and relax your arms as you move, allowing them to swing naturally.
- Dress Right – Take care of your feet by wearing well-fitting walking shoes that are flexible, have a cushioned sole and plenty of toe room. Bright colors or reflective tape will help drivers see you. Don’t forget to use a hat, sunscreen and sunglasses on those warm and sunny days.
- Safety – Carry your smartphone for emergencies, know where you’re going and stay aware of your surroundings. Walk with others and if walking at night, stay in well-lit, populated areas and let your family members know your route.
Walking regularly can help you lose weight and keep it off, strengthen your heart, improve sleep and energize you. Put 1 foot in front of the other — it’s that simple.