If you're starting out light with a walking routine, make sure to wear the proper gear and use common sense to prevent injury and stay safe. According to the American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine, the ideal walking shoe should be stable from side to side, well-cushioned, and it should enable you to walk smoothly. When the shoes are on your feet, the heel should be snug, and you should be able to wiggle your toes in the shoe. Make sure your ankles don't roll in the shoes.
Are you ready to hit the pavement? Here are five tips keep you safe:
- Know your surroundings and walk in a well-lighted, safe place.
- If you are walking alone, don't wear headphones. They can distract you and keep you from hearing oncoming traffic.
- Carry a cell phone for emergencies.
- Warm up your muscles before stretching them. Walk at an easy walking pace for 5 minutes before stretching. Then stretch by starting at the top of your body and working your way down. Make sure to cool down and stretch after your walk.
- Drink plenty of water before, during, and after your routine. Take a water bottle with you when you walk.
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