Summer Walking Tips:
Walking is one of the safest, easiest and most effective ways to be active.
The benefits of walking are many! Here are just a few: weight management,
lower risk of illness & disease, improved mood and sense of well being,
better sleep, stress relief, and pain relief.
We want to encourage more walking, because most of us don't get enough physical
activity in our day. But please be safe! In hot summer weather, it is important that
everyone stay energized hydrated, and cool during their walk. Dehydration and
fatigue are common in our dry climate. A walk should not be tiring, but refreshing.
It should be a form of exercise, but also a form of enjoyment, relaxation and entertainment.
Here are a few tips for your summer walking.
Walk early in the morning or later in the evening to avoid the hottest part of the day.
Tell someone where you are going and when you plan to be back, and carry a cell
phone in case you need to call for help. Stay safe by walking with a friend or in a group,
a wonderful way to get your exercise, and enjoy the company of others. Watch for cars
and follow all traffic rules along roadways like NM 126, County Road 13 and US Hwy 550.
Dress for the weather. Wearing the right clothing for the summer temperatures will help
keep you cool and relaxed during your walk. Thin all natural fibers, such as cotton, are a
good choice for hot weather walking, or try clothing made of a synthetic blend that is designed
to wick sweat away from your body. Light colored clothing can keep you cool and will help drivers
see you if you are walking along a roadway. Always wear a sun hat. Wear appropriate shoes.
Walkers of all ages need comfortable, lightweight and durable shoes. The flat sole should
provide ample cushioning and support. Socks should be comfortable, breathable and moisture wicking.
Bring Plenty of Water: One water bottle per person per walk. Water is an essential part of
summer walking. Water gives you energy and keeps you cool and hydrated. Snack on nuts
and fruits. Nuts and fruits are a great source of energy. Combined with water, this type of
snack will keep you walking with enough energy to go the distance. Lots of fruits are fresh
and available in the summer time, but dried fruit is another good option.
Summer is a wonderful time to get outdoors and into nature. We are so lucky to live
in an area with many beautiful mountain trails for your enjoyment. See you out there!
Winter Walking Tips:
Walking is one of the most effective and easiest forms exercise, so don't
let the winter weather keep you indoors! Walking outdoors in the 'winter
wonderland' can be refreshing and invigorating as long as you keep these
tips in mind.
If possible, choose a place to walk were there is little or no traffic, like
one of many wilderness hikes in our area, or in town try St. Francis Park,
any of the quite residential streets or the high school track. Walk with a
friend or carry a cell phone, especially if you go on a wilderness hike!
Sidewalks along 550 can be impassable during winter months, and most other
roadways in our community don't even have sidewalks, so if you must walk on
roadways, walk against the traffic as close to the curb as possible. It's
important to stay aware of the traffic, so don't cover your ears, you will
want to hear cars approaching. Snow packed and icy roads may prevent
motorists from stopping or slowing down, so be cautious.
Dress in bright colors or wear reflective gear, and make sure any children
you are walking with are also dressed in bright colors or reflective gear.
Dress in several lightweight layers that you can take off or put on to keep
you from overheating or getting too cold. Make sure kids are dressed in
Winter sun can be very strong, so wear sunglasses and a hat.
Wear gloves and a scarf.
Wear comfortable shoes, preferably waterproof, that fit well and have good
Start your walk slowly to give your muscles a chance to warm up.
Take slower and smaller steps to prevent slips and falls on icy surfaces.
Bring a bottle of water and sip frequently. Dry winter air can be
dehydrating, especially in our high mountain desert climate.
Don't carry heavy bags or packages as this can impair your balance.
Stay safe and active this winter!