Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Walking Gear and Stretching

Hi Everyone:

Today I would like to briefly discuss some walking gear and tips for stretching before walking.

Walking Gear

While there is no need to spend a lot of money on walking gear, there are a number of items that will make your walk easier, safer and more fun:

Pedometers - A pedometer is the perfect way to enhance your walking. First of all, it's fun to know how many steps you've taken, how far you've walked, or how long you've been walking. Secondly, a pedometer allows you to keep track of your progress against the goals you have set for yourself. A pedometer will aslo show you the steps taken or distance traveled over one or several walks.

Reflective Products and Lights - If you are walking in the morning or in the early evening, reflective products are a must, in my opinion. Your walking gear can include a reflective vest and reflective bands. A flash ligh is also helpful to keep safe.

Shoes - They Make the Walker - Shoes are the single most important piece of equipment for walking. They can be the difference between having a comfortable fun walk and a painful one. Find shoes with the following:

  • Provide both support and comfort to the whole foot.
  • Have enough toe room
  • Firm support at the heel
  • Breathable material

Whether this is your first time exercise walking or you are a walking pro, it is crucial that you stretch before and after your exercise. Stretching will help loosen your muscles, reducing the chance of sore or injured muscles. Suggested stretches include calf and achilles stretch, hamstring stretch and quadriceps stretch.

Picture Credit: University of Michigan


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