Walking well—any time, any place
Bring lots of water, a long-sleevedshirt, a hat and sunscreen. Recognizeyour limits, pace yourself, rest oftenand stop at any sign of physicaldistress.
Find shade if you
become too hot
2 Cold and ice
“There’s no bad weather, just badclothing,” Walkable Edmonton’sIan Hosler says. “With good trailand sidewalk maintenance, weatherdoesn’t have to be a barrier towalking.” He recommends dressingin layers.
Always have a hat, gloves andappropriate footwear with a goodgrip. Lightweight crampons, a spikyplate that can be slipped onto yourshoe, are ideal for walking on ice andpreventing slips. Plan your routeswhere snow, ice and debris have beencleared. Or consider walking indoorsat a mall, fitness or community centreor other indoor spaces.
Have an umbrella, rainproof outerclothing and footwear. Be visible sodrivers can see you. Watch your stepas it can be muddy and slippery.
Walk facing the traffic and be
visible by wearing bright clothing.
Pay attention. Don’t text and walk,or listen to loud music—distractedwalking puts you and others atrisk. Cross the street at pedestriancrossings and signal your intent tocross to drivers.
Know your route and be consciousof your environment, as it changeswith the weather and the season.
Be aware of wildlife warning signsand evidence of recent wildlifeactivity. Carry pepper spray, makenoise and travel in pairs in case youcome across bears or other wildlife.
Wear a long sleeved shirt, bug spray,sturdy walking shoes and bringenough water.
Join a group or club to make indoorwalking in malls a social event.
Wear the right footwear
for the surface
7 With children, seniors and low-
“When you walk with the veryyoung and very old, let them set thepace,” says Monique Assi, managerof Early Detection Chronic Diseaseswith Alberta Health Services.
“Carry on a conversation with them
to monitor their aerobic response.”
She recommends finding an
appropriate place to walk and
ensuring very young or very old
companions have the clothing,
footwear, water, nourishment and
visibility they need for the walk.