Turn Your Walk into a Workout
How to start (and stick to) a walking program, whether you're new to exercise or already fit.
8 Safety Tips for Walkers
Keep safety in mind when you walk outdoors. Follow these basic rules:
- Walk with a buddy whenever possible.
- Carry your name, address, and a friend or relative's phone number in your shoe or tied to a lace.
- Wear a medical bracelet if you have diabetes, an allergy, or other condition.
- Carry a cell phone and let a friend or relative know your walking routes.
- Avoid deserted or unlit streets, especially after dark.
- Do not use headsets that prevent you from hearing traffic; and walk against oncoming traffic.
- Wear reflective material or carry a flashlight so others can see you.
- Carry a whistle, noisemaker, or pepper spray in case of an emergency.
Above all, make walking fun and you'll be more likely to stick with it.