Get out and walk!
Source: A Walker’s Guide to Bennington Vermont, Southwestern Vermont Health Care, 2006
The most important thing is to get out and move around. The following tips are important, but don’t let them slow you down. Most of us can get out for a short walk without too much extra effort.
Don’t like the weather? Wait a few minutes. Vermont’s weather can change quickly, so be ready when you go out walking or hiking. Layered clothing is essential to comfort and wearing white or bright colors makes you more visible.
Wear socks made of fibers such as Coolmax, polyproplene, silk, wool or a cotton synthetic blend that will wick away sweat. Cotton will hold in moisture and increase the chance of getting blisters. Look for padded socks, which cushion the bottoms of your feet, but make sure they fit well inside your shoes.
A hat keeps you warm in cold weather and shades your head and face from the sun throughout the year. In warm, weather, try a visor that will let the heat escape while shading your eyes.
On short walks, pockets will probably suffice for carrying the minimum essentials. However, for longer walks and hikes, its important to distribute the weight of water, keys, wallet, etc. evenly. Backpacks, waist-packs, or wrist/shoe wallets are great for this purpose.
Drink water before, during, and after walking. You need to dink every half-hour while walking at a moderate pace and more often if you are sweating.
Never leave home without sunscreen, even on cloudy days. Your skin needs protection against skin cancer, wrinkles and sunburn. A waterproof sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher iskey. Don’t forget your ears and that bald spot!
Don’t leave home without carrying some type of identification. If you have any significant allergies or a serious medical condition, be sure to wear your medical bracelet or necklace on your walks. These things can save you a lot of grief in the case of an emergency.