One more month till spring time 2015 and I enjoy a good walk daily and thought to share some tips with you to help you get started.
Here are 10 tips to ensure your walking is an enjoyable and healthy experience.
- Wear a broad brimmed hat and sunglasses, and use a broad spectrum sunscreen SPF 15+ on any exposed skin. Avoid the hottest times of the day and keep to shaded areas.
- Wear light, loose, comfortable clothing and well cushioned, flat-soled shoes.
- Always let someone know where you’re going and your expected time of return.
- Walk steadily, concentrating on a steady heel to toe action, letting your arms swing freely by your sides. After a while you’ll develop the rhythm and stride most natural for your weight and height.
- If you’re going on a long or strenuous walk, drink water before you start, and carry a supply with you, especially in hot weather. A small backpack is useful for carrying water, sunglasses, sunscreen and other useful items.
- If your breathing becomes uncomfortable, slow down, but try not to stop completely if you have been walking briskly. Sudden stopping can cause a feeling of dizziness as oxygenated blood drops with gravity away from your brain.
- In cold weather a hat prevents heat loss from your head.
- Avoid walking immediately after meals and don’t walk if you have a fever or bad cold.
- If you’re walking in the dark, wear light coloured clothing so motorists can easily see you.
- You may feel sore in the early stages of your program, as your body adjusts to new demands being placed upon it. As your body adapts, the soreness will decrease. In addition, stretching before and after exercise can help minimise soreness.
Thank you for reading and remember to stand tall and walk forward, you can do it and it does a body/mind good.