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Wheeling Walks Challenge: Week #4

Walk Safely

Although walking is one of the safest ways to exercise, being “street wise” reduces your risk of accidents or injuries. Walking safely also means watching for signs of overexertion, and calling your doctor if a medical problem arises.

Safety Tips

  • At night, walk with a buddy and wear reflectors or reflective tape so drivers can see you.
  • Walk on smooth surfaces, such as dirt paths or sidewalks. You could trip and fall on an uneven surface.
  • Avoid neighborhoods where there are barking dogs; some dogs may bite.
  • Never use ankle weights. The added weight can injure your back and joints.
  • Always carry I.D. and change for a phone call.

Signs of Overexertion

You may be walking too fast if you can’t catch your breath, feel lightheaded or dizzy, feel your heart pounding, or have chest or arm pains. Sow down immediately. If you have a knee or ankle strain or blisters, stop your walks until you heal.

Call Your Doctor

Call your doctor if you feel any chest pain or have an injury, such as an ankle strain, that doesn’t heal after a few days of rest.

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