Whether you prefer to walk during the day or night, in the city or a trail, winter walking can be enjoyable. The beauty of nature, the crisp, fresh air and movement are all beneficial to your overall health and well-being.
Winter walking also requires a certain amount of preparation and precaution. Follow these important tips to stay safe while enjoying the outdoors during the winter months.
Dress for the weather. Start with a thin, breathable layer, then add a thermal layer. Finally, add a thin outer shell to help keep out the wind and cold. Choose smart footwear that provides traction on snow and ice. Add accessories to stay warm and dry from head to toe.
Be safe. Carry a cell phone, tell someone your planned route, and think about walking with a buddy. Use a walking stick or pole to help with balance. Keep hands out of pockets when walking to aid in balance.
Be visible. Between shorter daylight hours and sunlight reflecting off the snow, it can be tough to see and be seen in the winter. Always wear bright, visible clothing. A reflective vest or gear is ideal any time of day.
Stay alert. Assume that all wet, dark areas on pavements are slippery and icy and proceed with extra caution. Wait for vehicles to stop completely before crossing a road.
With a little preparation, you can safely enjoy a winter walk.
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Source: Health News from HAP, January Article.