Walking is terrific exercise and can be a significant factor in your weight loss regimen. Walking is relatively low impact, increases your heart rate and burns fat. And while walking with a partner or in a group is the safest choice, it may not always be convenient to fit others into your regular routine. Here are a few things to think about in preparation for your next solo walk:
- The weather. Before heading out, check today’s forecast to ensure that you’re ready for the conditions. Will the chill require you to dress in layers, or will the summer sun call for putting on sunscreen? In extreme weather—whether it’s very hot, very cold or potentially stormy—you may want to opt for an indoor exercise for that day instead.
- The time of day. This can go hand-in-hand with the weather of course; certain conditions could be worse at different times of day. But it also pertains to the danger that exists when it is dark out or when traffic is heavy. If you walk at night or early morning, make sure street lights are present along your path.
- The location. Take the area you walk through into account. Is there a high occurrence of crime? Does it require you to cross busy roads? If you are unfamiliar with an area, it may be preferable to avoid while walking alone.
- The things you carry. Equipping yourself for a stroll doesn’t stop at comfortable shoes and weather-appropriate clothes. It is also a good idea to carry a water bottle to avoid dehydration and to keep a cell phone on hand in case of emergencies.
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