Walking to stay healthy is a physical activity that is capable of attributing to a fall. Below are suggestions for enduring the entire “fitness walk” upright.
1. Abstain from walking when sleepy or run down.
Instead walk when you’re alert and feel good. The walk will be more enjoyable and it will cheer you into looking forward to your walks.
2. Stay clear of walking when you can’t see what’s in front of you.
It may be semi-dark or foggy when you find a convenient time to go walking but if it’s hard to see where your next step will strike you could trip.
3. Look for hazards in and beyond familiar areas.
As you are walking scan for potholes, raised sidewalks, cracks, gravel, sticks and acorns which are but a few of the hazards to watch out for. Even if you’ve been walking the same area every day familiarity can become altered by anything. You may be familiar with an area and become rushed which could cause a fall.
4. Stick with comfortable shoes.
5. Be careful not to drag the feet.
Dragging the feet may run them into the hazards you were watching out for. When you start to get tired there may be a stronger tendency to drag the feet.
6. Walk with a partner.
7. Link arms with or cusp your partners arm as an anchor.
If you get unsteady your partner can help keep you on balance.
8. Carry a “Pet Trainer.”
From time to time you may run into a dog or even a group of dogs. The dog might bark at you, nip at your heels, run in circles around you or dart in front of you or under your legs making you trip where if the dog is aggressive it has a better attack stance. A “Pet Trainer” will use sound disturbing to dogs, sound which humans won’t hear, to keep dogs at bay.
9. Walk light.
Refrain from carrying a bunch of stuff that can weigh you down. Carrying a lot of stuff can run you down and may lead to dragging your feet.
10. Eat light and not heavy.
If you eat before your walks eat light to avoid feeling loaded down, sluggish or sleepy.
11. Turn cells phones off when walking.
Talking on cell phones or paying attention to “ring tones” have been known to cause accidents in vehicles. It can catch your attention while walking and do the same.
12. Listen to music only if it doesn’t distract you.
13. Check your pedometer at home.
Even though you may be striving for a certain number of steps if you get too tired you may be over doing it. Checking your pedometer at home will take off the pressure of striving for that number of steps and it can encourage you if you find that you went over the number of steps you were trying for.