Walking is a wonderful way to be active. With a little creativity and planning, even people with busy schedules can find ways to incorporate walking into their routine.
Here are some tips for incorporating walking into your daily life:
- Park the car farther away from your destination
- When shopping, take a couple of extra trips around the store
- If you take public transportation, get off a couple stops early
- Take the stairs instead of the elevator or escalator
- Keep a pair of comfortable walking or running shoes in your car and office. You will be ready for activity wherever you go.
- At work, use a restroom that is further away or on a different floor instead of the one that is closest to you.
- At work, hold walking meetings whenever possible. Do laps inside your building or, if the weather cooperates, take your walking meetings outdoors.
Before you lace up your sneakers, here are some important safety tips you will want to keep in mind:
- Walk on sidewalks Always walk on the sidewalk if there is one available. If there are no sidewalks and you have to walk on the road, always walk facing traffic.
- Dress to be seen Wear bright colors or reflective clothing so drivers have an easier time seeing you.
- Cross at marked crosswalks or intersections Stop and look left, then right, then left again before you step into the street. Always obey traffic signals.
- Be alert for turning vehicles Drivers are often busy checking traffic when turning which decreases their chances of seeing pedestrians.
- Vary your route Don't walk the same route at the same time every day. Not only is it safer, it's also a lot more interesting.
- Find a walking buddy There is safety in numbers. If you go out without a companion, tell someone which route you will be taking and what time you expect to return.
- Carry an ID Always carry some form of identification in case of an accident or emergency.