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Walking Safety Tips

Getting Off To a Good Start
  -- By Jen Mueller & Nicole Nichols, Fitness Experts
If you are new to exercise, here are some important health and safety tips so you can start your walking program off on the right foot. Outdoor Walking Safety Tips
Walking outside is a great way to enjoy the fresh air and get a workout at the same time! Before you lace up those sneakers, here are some important safety tips you’ll want to consider if you head outdoors to walk. In addition to these safety tips, there are a few things that every walker should bring for their outdoor walk, as well as a few things that you can leave at home.

What to Bring It is a good idea to carry pepper spray and cell phone (or alarm) in case you get into trouble. It can also be helpful to carry a walking stick (in case you need to fend off an unleashed dog) or umbrella (in case of sudden rain). If you have a dog, bring it along for companionship and safety! Always have your I.D. with you in the event that you become injured or disabled.

What NOT to Bring Do not wear any jewelry that might draw someone’s attention. Do not wear headphones—they can prevent you from hearing oncoming traffic or someone coming up behind you. You should always be aware of what is happening in your environment.

By following these easy tips, you’ll make your walking experience as safe and enjoyable as possible!