While it might not seem like there are a lot of things that can go wrong when you’re just walking somewhere, but you might find yourself surprised if you end up making one of these all too easy to fall for walking mistakes. While the dangers of something like serious limb or muscle injury from weight lifting aren’t present in walking, there are still some things that you should definitely watch out for if you plan on walking for exercise.
Here’s just a few things you need to keep in mind the next time you decide to go for a walk.
1. You’re going to have to come back
Walking is fantastic for exercise because you can just pick a direction and start putting one foot in front of the other, but you should remember not to get too carried away or you might end up in a little bit of a pinch. It’s easy to get excited about following a new route or taking a turn you haven’t taken before, but if you’re not paying attention you could end up without a good way to get back home or even worse having to call for a ride. Try to plan your routes in a loop or on a circular path that will take you back to where you started (going around the block is a good first step) and always remember that if you have a great time going down a hill, there’s a good chance you’ll have to go back up it coming back.
2. Choosing the wrong time of day to walk
This one is important especially if you live in the city where there’s a lot of traffic. Your roads might not be busy all the time, but there’s likely a definite part of the day where people are going to be heading to and from work or school. While you are going to want to work around your schedule and whatever times work best for you, you should try to aim for a time when the roads aren’t going to be busy or sidewalks won’t be packed with people. If you have to spend forever at crossings waiting to go then that’s time spent not getting any exercise.
3. Not staying hydrated
No matter what kind of exercise you’re doing, hydration is going to be really important and walking is no exception. Just because it’s low impact doesn’t exempt you from taking necessary precautions for your health. Especially important during the summer is making sure that you’re properly hydrated on your walks. Try to make sure that you have a water bottle with you (in your pocket or in a bag/pack) that you can sip on to ward off dehydration or heatstroke. The last thing you want is to get a heat related illness from just going on your walk.
Just remember these easy tips the next time you’re going out for a walk and always remember to follow basic safety instructions!