11 Safe Walking Tips

11 Safe Walking Tips
Heel Toe Express – Stay Safe While Walking

Walking is a healthy activity, but you need to know the rules safety. This is especially true if you are walking in an area where there aren’t sidewalks or paths separate from the road. To stay safe walking, follow these rules of the road:

1. Walk Facing Traffic When Walking on the Side of the Road
If there is no sidewalk and you must walk on the side of the road, choose the side where you are facing oncoming traffic. In North America, this is the left side of the road. This gives you the best chance to see traffic approaching closest to you and take evasive action when needed.

2. Walk Single-File While Walking on the Road
Unless you are on a sidewalk separated from the road or you are in a wide bike/pedestrian lane, you should walk in single file. This is especially important on a road with lots curves and where traffic has only a split second chance of seeing you before hitting you. While it can be enjoyable to walk down the road two to three side by side chatting and laughing, drivers don’t expect it and you may lose your best walking buddies.

3. Cross Safely
Mom was right: look both ways before crossing any street. At controlled intersections, it is wise to cross only when you have the pedestrian crossing light. But even then, drivers and bikers may have a green light to turn and won’t be expecting you to be in the crosswalk. Make eye contact with any drivers who may be turning. Give them a wave. Make sure they see you. In a car-walker interaction, you can only lose. It can be tempting to simply jaywalk, but know the do’s and don’ts as it can be an infraction and a safety hazard.

4. Be Visible
Wear bright colors when walking in daytime. When walking at night, wear light-colored clothing and reflective clothing or a reflective vest to be visible. Drivers are often not expecting walkers to be out after dark, and you need to give them every chance to see you, even at street crossings that have crossing signals. Be just as cautious at dawn or twilight, as drivers still have limited visibility or may even have the setting or rising sun directly in their eyes.

5. Stay Aware of Bikes and Runners
Share the road and path with bikes and runners. Bike riders should alert you when approaching from behind with a bike bell or a “passing on the left/right.” Listen for them, and move to walk single file, allowing them to pass safely. Runners should also call out for passing. Bike-walker collisions can result in broken bones or head injury for either — and you aren’t wearing a helmet.

6. Be Predictable
Make a practice of staying on one side of the path while walking rather than weaving randomly from side to side. Watch your arm motions, or you may end up giving a black eye to a silently passing walker, runner, or biker.

7. Walk Dogs on Short Leashes
It is terrifying and tragic to witness dogs running out in to traffic or getting into a fatal dog fight, whether on leash or off leash. But there is also a danger when walking your dog on a long leash that you will trip other walkers or bikers. Keep your pet and yourself safe by learning proper leash walking.

8. Enjoy Your Walk and Check Your Phone After
Chatting, texting, or playing games on a mobile device while you walk is as dangerous as doing those things while driving. You are distracted and not as aware of your environment. You are less likely to recognize traffic danger, passing joggers and bikers or tripping hazards. Potential criminals see you as a distracted easy target. Adopt habits that can keep your phone in your pocket, or at least stop in a safe place to complete your phone tasks before moving on. See more about the dangers of distracted walking.

9. Keep the Music Down
Don’t drown out your environment when listening to your earbuds or headphones. Keep the volume at a level where you can still hear bike bells and warnings from other walkers and runners. Your audiologist will also thank you.

10. Know When to Stop Walking
Heat sickness, dehydration, heart attack or stroke can strike walkers of any age. Learn the symptoms of medical emergencies and carry a cell phone to dial 911.

11. Be Aware of Stranger Danger
Choose your walking route for paths frequented by other walkers, joggers, and bikers. If you see someone suspicious, be prepared to alter your course or go into a store or public building to avoid them. Acting alert and aware can convince bad guys to choose an easier target. Follow these street safety tips for walkers

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Hiking – Benefits

Heel Toe Express – Hiking

Hiking can help improve people’s health, it is a very beneficial activity. It’s worth undertaking because it can help people to improve their nature appreciation level and can also cultivate their minds.

Hiking, namely walking. Hiking has many classifications, like suburban, rural, mountain, rivers and many other regions. In most cases, going out on foot is always happening in places in the suburbs and rural areas. When walkers are conducting long-distance hiking activities, they usually need to wear specialized hiking shoes to protect their feet.

The classification of hiking depends on different regions, people classified into suburban, rural, mountain, jungle, desert wilderness, snowy glaciers, valleys, plains, mountains, the Great Wall trail, grass, lake, rivers and other classified on foot. A short distance on foot is usually within 5 km, and the middle distance on foot is usually among 10 to 20 kilometers, and certainly, the long-distance hiking is more than 20 km.

Hikers have to wear specialized hiking shoes if the distance is quite long, in order to protect the feet.

Hiking Cross Country refers to an outdoor activity which requires the hikers finish all their hiking tasks completely by walking. The hikers may meet with many landscapes during the hike, including mountains, jungles, deserts, snowfields, streams, canyons and other landscapes. The field integrated hikers should have a higher skill in mountain climbing, rock climbing, rafting, boating, and outdoor survival. The cross country hiker must be in good physical condition, stable psychologically, and ethical standards, and also the team spirit(if needed). A successful hiker must have a preparation before they start, hikers should have a deeper understanding of the hiking regions for its conditions, which include the weather, topography, degree of difficulty, the risk factor, necessary equipment, food, medicines, etc. The knowledge, exploration, and the preparation for the unpredictable. Hikers get to know the relevant knowledge and skills of outdoor survival in order to meet the various outdoor situations.

Good health and good physical condition are the most important elements a hiker should have. The hikers cannot omit these prerequisites because there are no shortcuts to develop one body into a suitable one except for a training program. Walking gradually enhances endurance, strength, and weight-bearing, swimming, hiking, distance running. Cycling can help to increase physical endurance training skills and every day push-ups, dumbbell, sit-ups, and chin-up are also feasible in increasing strength.

Here are some necessities for a hiker. First are the essential supplies: backpack, quick-drying pants or long-sleeved, hiking boots. Sunscreen and a hat or sunglasses are very useful in protecting yourself from being sunburn. Personal medicines are also very important, like medicated oil, bone-setting medicine, stickers, stomach or individual effects of drugs, anti-mosquito drugs. Remind everybody to prepare their personal water and appropriate supplement for the journey. Here are some more recommended supplies: alpenstock, towels, plastic bags, spare clothes, camera, headlights and waterproof bag.

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Benefits of Walking

Heel Toe Express – Benefits of Walking

Through centuries, walking has been the main way of transportation. In our days it’s starting to lose its importance because of huge invasion of bikes, cars and other mechanical transports. Anyway, any health specialist will tell you that walking has a massive impact on our health and also it has many other benefits.

Walking is a free and effective way of improving your health and not only.

Health Benefits

First of all, walking provides a cardiovascular workout which is reducing a risk of heart disease. Also, walking strengthens your muscles, helps to lower your back pain, improve the coronary condition. Walking reduce risks of infection and hypertension; aids in maintaining a healthy weight; and curbs the decrease in bone density. Like almost all forms of exercise, it adds more health and zest to your life.

Environmental Benefits

When you replace your car with walking you reduce emission level to a zero. It seems that almost everyone is going green in these days to save the planet. You can be one of them by simply choosing to walk as much as possible.

Transportation Benefits

If you’re walking, you don’t increase the amount of traffic. Also when you walk you don’t need to look for a parking space. Walking is a great time saver if you live in a city or a town. Often walking takes less time to get from point A to a point B than other transports.

Walking will help you to save space, nerves, energy and time!

Social and Economic Benefits

Forgetting huge and very important health benefits, walking also can bring social and financial benefits to you.

Since walking is free, replacing your vehicle with walking (if possible) can save you lot of money. Taxes, repairs, and gas hit your pocket much harder every year. Walk every time it’s possible and forget about an empty wallet.

Having a dose of fresh air, communication, better mood are also benefits of walking. You can meet interesting people while walking, see beautiful places and relax.

Walking is a powerful tool to upgrade your health, your body, and your soul.

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