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Safety Tips for Spring/Summer

Sunday, May 01, 2011

I have decided to share some of the tips for the walk/run team in this blog as many members read blogs only.

Warmer weather is here and with that hopefully everyone is getting in some walking/running time. It is a perfect time to review safety tips and share with one another our ideas to have a healthier spring/summer season for all areas of our lives.

I have looked at my safety in 3 general categories.

1. Health - If you are new to walking/running make sure you are medically cleared before beginning any fitness activity.

Make sure you set reasonable goals and do not overdo.

Remain hydrated - I carry water with me on my walks.

Do you have enough fuel (proper nutrition) to energize your body for walking/running/fitness. Don't forget to examine your vitamin intake on the nutrtion tracker to ensure proper intake - this month's spark calendar is on building stronger bones and we know this is necessary to walking, running, and other exercises or we will be injured more easily.

Do you track your nutrients using the spark tracker? If not, I challenge you to try it at least once this week to get an idea of if you are on track. Don't forget to come share your results.

Surroundings - Is your route safe to walk (traffic, pot holes, well lit if walking/running at night, etc..)

Please make sure if you are hiking or going to a remote location that someone knows your whereabouts and if possible walking with another person or with a group is preferable - safety in numbers.

Can you think of any other areas regarding surroundings?

Personal Equipment - Do you wear your pedometer? How do you measure your distance - some use time, some do speed, some steps.

Are those sneakers holding up?

Comfortable clothing?

Ladies - Mother's day is coming, a perfect time to ask for a new pair of shoes or piece of workout apparell.

Everyone should be able to find something in this challenge to be able to share. Are you being safe? It may seem mundane and simple - but this is often the time we take things for granted and get injured or something else happens - Let's all take preventative measures to a healthy spring and do your part by sharing.
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  • MRS_TOAD
    Thanks for all those helpful tips. Life is so rushed at times that we tend to overlook the obvious!

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    3636 days ago
  • MAMAKITTY10
    Thanks Nancy for that great info.
    3637 days ago
  • VXWALL1942
    Great blog! Sometimes we forget the simplest rules of life and living. Thanks.
    3637 days ago
  • YELLOW09RED
    Nancy your blog is great.
    I agree with Monty about taking your ID with you.
    Also getting to know your neighbors as you are out walking on different streets is great. I love walking and meeting others on my journey.

    Debbie
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    3638 days ago
  • MONTY68
    Hi Nancy
    Great blog and a good time for reminders for those who finally have some good weather.

    I think a number of people leave most of their personal items. I strongly recommend that if one is walking or running that they carry some sort of ID. In the past year, we have had 2 people hit by cars and had no ID.
    I also feel that in knowing the area you are walking in, that you must be aware of the traffic. Where I live, a over 55 development, the 80% of the drivers do not stop at stop signs and cross walks, the 2 people I referred to with out ID , were crossing at a crosswalk and got hit.
    If walking at night, one should where light color clothing or have a reflector jacket .

    I will not walk anywhere in the city I live in a night, at least here many people are assaulted and robbed. Where I walk is a gated community and other then cars, is a safe place to walk.

    Monty

    3638 days ago
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