Walking is the key to maintaining a healthy and fit body. Very often nature tries to break our regime of exercise and we eventually succumb to it. This happens because we ignore the effects of weather on us.
Walking or exercising in extreme hot weathers can lead to a heat stroke and walking in cold weathers can cause frostbites and hypothermia. Donâ€™t fall prey to the cruelties of nature. Just wear the right clothes and footwear to keep walking in all weathers.
Winter can come down hard on the walkers but donâ€™t prepare to sit home. Dress yourself in the right way and get yourself moving out. Gather these tips which will help you decide where and how to enjoy a safe and brisk walk during winters.
Tips for Winter Walk:
Where to walk?
- Begin your walk by facing the cold breeze or wind so that it will be on your back when you finish
- Select routes where the wind is mild
- Walk on routes that are free of snow, ice, mud or puddles to avoid slips and injury
- Take the route with less traffic as fog can hinder the drivers to have clear visibility
- Check for local tracks indoor, or outdoor to avoid going distant miles
- Take a route which has stores and restrooms for shelter when the weather is really harsh
- Take the malls as an alternative for walking if the weather conditions are unfavorable
- Use the treadmill at home as another alternative to avoid the cold weather
What to wear?
- Health experts suggest layers of clothing to be worn during winter walks. This would consist of an inner most base layer which soaks the moisture produced while walking. An outer layer that keeps you warm and the outer most layer to keep you protected from the cold wind and rain.
- Track pants can be worn with either tights or warm cotton underwear inside.
- Cover your head with a hat or with a warm cap. This is because heat loss from the head and neck is fifty percent of the total heat being lost from the body.
- Breathing cold air can leave you with an aching chest or other respiratory ailments. Avoid it by wearing a scarf around your neck and mouth.
- Keep yourself dry always. Wet or damp clothing due to rain or perspiration can cause excessive heat loss from your body. Also carry extra clothes to change into when you are extremely drenched with rain or perspiration.
Summer can be exhaustive and discomforting. Exercise produces heat and it is the peak of summer. How do you fight the heat? Pick up these tips to make your summer walks pleasant and cool.
Tips for Summer Walk:
- Wear comfortable fabric, preferably cotton as a top or t-shirt or shorts. This would absorb moisture and also feel comfortable on the skin.
- Wear hats and neck coolers. Wet the neck coolers and tie them round your neck for a cool effect.
- Use sunscreen to avoid sun tan.
- Always carry enough water and sports drink. This will balance the water levels in your body which is being lost due to exercise and heat loss.
Walking is essential for everyone and you only reap benefits from it. However, consider the factors that can hamper your dreams of keeping fit. Maintain a productive fitness schedule for yourself and always take safe and brisk walks.