What are safety issues for seniors to consider when walking?

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If a senior is new to exercise then they should consult with their physician to be cleared to exercise. Walking is a very low impact form of exercise so most should be able to complete. Prior to walking, they should plan an appropriate time to walk. They should not be walking in the middle of the day on the hottest day of the year. Be sure they are hydrated, have them walk with others, and be sure they are walking in a safe area.

Some safety issues to consider before heading out for a walk include familiarizing yourself with the route and surroundings, taking into consideration the time of day and planning accordingly for temperature changes and hydration needs.  Carrying a cell phone, letting someone know when you plan to return and/or walking with a friend will help make your walk a safe and enjoyable experience.  Happy walking!

Balance is an obvious concern for seniors walking.  If a senior wants to start walking on trails or even on concrete for any length of time, there are tools called walking sticks, that are available at sporting good stores.  They give you balance, and also increase calorie burn because you are moving your arms as well.  These walking sticks look like ski poles.  They have tips for trails and tips for concrete.  I highly recommend a good pair of walking sticks.  I use them myself, and I am no where near a senior, yet.

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