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Speed | Power Walking Tips

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.

Summer 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.

Winter Walking

  • 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.

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