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6 Tips for the Perfect Winter Walk

By Brandi Goodman 

Just because it's winter doesn't mean you can't still enjoy a walk outdoors. Walking provides excellent exercise for your body and boosts endorphins for your brain. If you want to reduce stress and improve strength at the same time, then walking is the perfect option. With these six tips for the perfect winter walk, you can enjoy your time outside and prevent discomfort in the process.

Wear the Right Shoes

You shouldn't be walking around in flats or high heels on a normal day -- let alone a cold day when the ground may be wet or icy. You need to wear the right pair if you have any hope of remaining on your feet during your walk and maintaining your balance. A sturdy pair of athletic shoes with good traction and arch support is recommended. You may even opt for hiking boots if the weather is particularly harsh.

Layer Your Clothes

Your winter walk will most likely start out quite cold. You'll want to be bundled up in a jacket, gloves, and hat. However, the physical activity will undoubtedly make you warm in no time. Layer your clothes so you can take things off as your body warms up or put them back on if you get colder. A lightweight shirt should be kept under a jacket, and you'll need pockets to place your gloves and hat if you decide to remove them.

Warm Up Before You Start

Immediately heading out on a walk isn't the safest option. You should warm your body up first so it's best prepared for the challenge. Do a few stretches and ensure your joints are flexible and ready to move.

Stay Hydrated

Your body should be plenty hydrated before you head out. It will ensure better joint flexibility and help prevent injury. You'll want to stay hydrated during the duration of your walk as well. Bring a water bottle along so you can get a drink when you need it.

Don't Forget a Scarf

The cold air can make it hurt to breathe. Put a scarf around your face so you can keep the cold air out. It will make it easier to manage your exercise. You can remove it once you feel warmed up enough.

Stick to a Shoveled Path

If there's snow on the ground or any ice at all, it can make your walking path dangerous. Stick to a shoveled or ice-free path so you have less chance of injury. 

A winter walk can give you the exercise you need while also bringing a sense of calmness and peace to your life. Keep these tips in mind when you're walking so you can better enjoy the activity and keep yourself safe and free from pain in the process.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Anderson, S.C.

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