Walking: Overcoming the Weather

In any type of weather, walking is fun to do as a family or with friends. Before going outside just remember a few tips to keep moving year round.

Walking in extreme temperatures

Extreme temperatures can pose some risks for walkers, such as sunburn and heatstroke in summer and hypothermia and frostbite in winter.

Take care to avoid heat- and cold-related illnesses and injuries when walking outside on very hot — or very cold — days.

Walking when it’s hot outside

When the temperature rises:

  • Choose a shaded route.
  • Drink extra water.
  • Wear a hat and sunscreen, especially between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. when UV Index is high.
  • Walk a little slower than usual.
  • Wear light clothing that protects you from insects and the sun’s rays.

Walking when it’s cold outside

When the temperature drops:

  • Avoid icy surfaces and walk where you’ll be shielded from the wind.
  • Wear a hat, gloves and comfortable clothing in layers.
  • Use handrails or supports if they’re available.
  • Wear shoes with good treads and rubber or neoprene soles.
  • Choose a route that’s been cleared of ice and snow.
  • Watch for cars when passing snow banks.

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