How to Prepare for a Walk

 

Video courtesy of Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District

 

Before heading out to walk or attend an HPHP program, follow these tips to prepare for an enjoyable experience.

Talk to your doctor:

If you have not been active over the course of a long period of time or have other health conditions please consult your primary care physician to make sure you are able to participate in easy to moderate physical activity.

Find a program:

Visit the program calendar to find a program near you that is at an appropriate level of difficulty.

The day before the program:

Check with your program leader to see if the program is still happening. Not sure who is leading your program? Visit the team page to find out!

On the day of the walk:

  • Dress comfortably in layers (such as a light jacket or sweatshirt) and clothing you feel comfortable being active in
  • Wear comfortable, well-fitting, and supportive walking shoes that have good tread
  • If walking at night near traffic, wear reflectors or reflective clothing
  • Wear rain gear if there is a question of rain occurring
  • Bring a small bag to carry essential items, a cellphone, sunscreen, water, and healthy snacks

How to stay motivated:

  • Set realistic goals
  • Walk with a partner, friends, or family
 
For more resources about preparing for walks visit the Centers for Disease Control website.

 

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