The health benefits of walking are tremendous. But, it's important to factor in outdoor temperature when you are preparing to take that stroll. While heat is not something to be ignored, it doesn't have to be a barrier to your favorite form of activity. It's always important to talk with your family doctor or a health professional with questions specific to your situation.
Here are some general tips on summer walking:
- Stay hydrated. Bring water with you, drink before you head out the door, and take frequent water breaks
- Walk at a cooler time of the day - morning or evening - rather than mid-day when the temperature is at its highest
- Wear sunscreen and a hat
- Wear breathable clothing
- Take breaks now and then
- Slow the pace down when your body says so
- If it's just too hot, find an indoor facility with a track or walk through a shopping mall
The most important tip of all? Stay in tune with your body and listen to what it tells you!
Enjoy walking and enjoy the summer warmth!