Walnut Creek, California is pretty safe. This doesn’t mean we haven’t been impacted by violent crime. We have. This said, our town is a walking town- especially for seniors. I did some research and came up with 5 really important walking tips for not only seniors, but anyone who likes to walk for fitness reasons. They are listed below;
#1: Wear a Good Pair of Walking Shoes
Wearing the right type of walking shoes is essential to avoiding fatigue and painful problems like “shin splints.” Ask your doctor what kind of shoes you should be wearing. At the minimum, they should be properly fitted, comfortable, and provide good arch support. Plus, wearing a good pair of shoes will help you move quickly, should you have to.
#2: Walk With a Friend or a Group
When you walk with a friend or a group, your daily exercise isn’t like exercise at all. You can catch up on all of the latest happenings in each other’s lives while you walk, so your concentration will be on your friend instead of your walk, and this may allow you to find it easier to walk longer distances. Plus, there is strength
#3: Take a Cane or Walker If Needed- Maybe Even A Stick
If you can’t walk without the use of a cane or a walker, don’t let that stop you from getting the exercise you need – just take your cane or walker with you. Even walking with these items, you will still gain the health benefits of walking and in time, you may even gain the strength you need to leave them at home. Also, taking a stick will help you stay clear of any dogs without leashes.
#4: Don’t Overexert Yourself
In order for you to get the most health benefits out of your walk, you have to walk at a safe pace. Walk only as fast as your comfort level allows. Plus, if you overexert yourself and an emergency comes up, you will not be able to think or act quickly.
#5: Carry a Cell Phone
Whether you walk with a friend or alone, you should always bring along your cell phone so you can call someone should you need assistance. Have your point of contact programmed into your phone’s speed dial so you can call them quickly and with the least amount of effort possible.