Power or speed walking is a favourite thing for me to do with friends in my leisure time. It's also a great way to meet other people who enjoy what you do.
Here is some information to keep you healthy, happy, and safe while walking.
Walking early in the morning or evening can give you some temperature relief on those hot summer days.
Wear light-coloured clothing to help keep cool.
They also now make great fabrics to help you stay cool – try wearing a shirt made of high-tech fabric on the hottest days.
Check the weather forecast before heading out to avoid any severe weather storms.
Don’t forget to slather on the sunscreen. Choose a sunscreen and lip balm with at least SPF 30 and both UV-A and UV-B protection. The sun is especially
strong during the summer months.
Drink plenty of water before, during, and after walking to prevent dehydration. If walking more than an hour, use a sports drink to replenish fluids and electrolytes.
Choose a good pair of winter boots that have a thick, non-slip treaded sole.
Dress in layers to keep you warm and dry. You can always remove layers if you get too warm.
Avoid cotton clothing, which won’t wick sweat away and will cool you if it gets wet. Polypropylene or silk make good under layers.
Wear a warm hat, scarf, mittens or gloves.
Choose a brightly coloured scarf or hat, or wear reflective gear so motorists can easily see you.
Bend your knees to reduce your chance of falling.
Wait for vehicles to stop completely – they may not be able to stop immediately due to road conditions.
If it is windy, try to arrange the route into the wind as you go out, and with the wind to your back as you return.
Even though it’s cold, you still need to drink plenty of water!
How to Participate in Our Walking Group in Toronto
At times we like to get a group of people together to walk. If you are interested, please fill out the survey.