Walking is an inexpensive way to get exercise and fresh air, all at the same time! My day begins with taking my dog for a walk. He thinks his day is ruined if he doesn’t get to go for a walk; therefore, I have him to thank for motivating me to get into a healthy routine.
Living in a small town, I don’t face as many obstacles as those who live in cities do. Walkers in larger towns have walking lanes that provide a safe place to walk, but there are other hazards they face.
Here are some tips that may be helpful:
- Be sure to walk where there is sufficient lighting.
- Wear bright colors or reflective clothing in order to be visible to drivers.
- Carry a flashlight if you walk when daylight begins to dim.
- Watch for speeding or distracted drivers.
- Carry a cell phone with you.
- Walk against traffic.
- Leave jewelry at home.
- Stay on the sidewalk if possible.
- Cross only at marked intersections.
- See and Be Seen!
- Have a walking partner; if you have a dog, you will make his/her day!
According to the Federal Highway Administration, there are almost 5,000 pedestrian deaths annually in the United States. Don’t be a statistic, stay safe!