All you will usually need is a good pair of walking shoes and a pedometer to help track your 10,000 steps per day to start and maintain a walking program that will improve your health.
However, as with all forms of exercise, there are certain safety consideration and common sense issues to keep in mind as you walk to work out. One of the most important is the weather.
Walking can be done in all weathers and locations. It does pose some challenges in extreme weather conditions such as during the summer and winter.
Being prepared for wet weather will also make your walking more enjoyable, and therefore encourage you to walk every day instead of skipping your exercise because it’s damp outside.
A good umbrella that is wind proof can keep you dry even in blustery weather. A rain poncho and ran pants can also help if it is very windy. A hooded poncho is good for keeping your upper half dry, but in heavy rain, the water will roll down to soak your lower half. Waterproof walking shoes can keep your feet dry and comfortable.
If you live in a generally warm climate. Avoid heat and sunstroke, and dehydration, should be your top priorities if the temperature goes above 80. Don’t forget the sunscreen. Walking early in the morning or later in the evening when the sun has gone down can help keep you safe. Insect repellent can also help keep you comfortable and safe.
Wind, Snow, Sleet and Hail
As for cold weather walking, dress in layers and beware of frostnip and frostbite. Don’t just check the temperature, but the wind chill as well. . Make the most of the daylight hours by walking when you can for short periods of time. Wear waterproof walking shoes or boots with good traction to avoid slipping in the snow.
Wear sunscreen even in winter. It will protect from the harmful UV rays even as your Vitamin D will get boosted by being outside in the sunshine. Try snowshoeing or Nordic walking, also referred to as cross-country skiing, if you are a fan of wintry weather.
Put safety first, and you should be able to walk happily in any weather.