Walking well—any time, any place
Bring lots of water, a long-sleeved
shirt, a hat and sunscreen. Recognize
your limits, pace yourself, rest often
and stop at any sign of physical
Find shade if you
become too hot
2 Cold and ice
“There’s no bad weather, just bad
clothing,” Walkable Edmonton’s
Ian Hosler says. “With good trail
and sidewalk maintenance, weather
doesn’t have to be a barrier to
walking.” He recommends dressing
Always have a hat, gloves and
appropriate footwear with a good
grip. Lightweight crampons, a spiky
plate that can be slipped onto your
shoe, are ideal for walking on ice and
preventing slips. Plan your routes
where snow, ice and debris have been
cleared. Or consider walking indoors
at a mall, fitness or community centre
or other indoor spaces.
Have an umbrella, rainproof outer
clothing and footwear. Be visible so
drivers can see you. Watch your step
as 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—distracted
walking puts you and others at
risk. Cross the street at pedestrian
crossings and signal your intent to
cross to drivers.
Know your route and be conscious
of your environment, as it changes
with the weather and the season.
Be aware of wildlife warning signs
and evidence of recent wildlife
activity. Carry pepper spray, make
noise and travel in pairs in case you
come across bears or other wildlife.
Wear a long sleeved shirt, bug spray,
sturdy walking shoes and bring
Join a group or club to make indoor
walking in malls a social event.
Wear the right footwear
for the surface
7 With children, seniors and low-
“When you walk with the very
young and very old, let them set the
pace,” says Monique Assi, manager
of Early Detection Chronic Diseases
with 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.