We are three weeks into the new year and if you haven’t started working on your new year’s resolutions yet, chances are you are getting ready to. A very popular resolution is to get more physically fit in the new year, which means for the next couple of month gyms will be super busy and crowded. But don’t despair! If you like being outdoors, going for walks is one of the best ways to get exercise and stay fit. 15 Reasons Walking is the Healthiest Way to Exercise
You may think that walking outdoors is not an option during the cold, winter months in the New River Valley. But all that fresh, crisp mountain air may be exactly what you need to get you going! Here are some tips for walking in cold weather:
- Don’t rush into it. Remember that it will take a bit longer for your body to warm up when you are walking in cold temperatures. So, start out slowly and give your muscles a chance to warm up.
- If the path you’re walking on is icy, walk at a slow or moderate pace. Remember, you are walking, not running. The bigger your strides, the more likely you are to slip and fall.
- Stay hydrated. Just because it’s not hot outside, doesn’t mean you don’t need to drink water. It’s just as important to stay hydrated in winter as it is in summer. In fact, dry winter air is particularly dehydrating.
- Dress in layers. It’s always better to have too much on than too little. Aim for three layers. You can peel layers off if you get too warm.
- Wear moisture wicking materials like Dri-FIT that will keep moisture away from your skin so that you stay warm. Stay away from cotton that will stay wet when you perspire…and trust me, you will perspire if you are walking for exercise…even in the cold!
- Keep your hands warm with gloves. If it’s snowing, wear ski gloves. Also, wear a hat and a Neck Gaiter to keep your head and neck warm. If you feel your extremities are getting too cold, go inside.
- Be sure to protect your eyes. Wear sunglasses or, if it’s snowing, goggles with a light- colored lens to protect your eyes from the glare of the snow.
- Make sure your shoes or lightweight boots have good treads for walking on slick surfaces.
- Invest in good socks that are meant to keep your feet dry and warm. Layering socks would be a mistake as that is a good way to get blisters. 10 Ways to Keep Your Feet Warm on a Cold Weather Walk
There is no shortage of beautiful places for walking in the New River Valley. Check out Trails in the New River Valley for some great walking and hiking trails!
If you’re thinking about selling or buying a home in the New River Valley area, contact professional, experienced Realtor Desi Sowers and let her assist you with all your real estate needs. Give her a call today at 540-320-1328!
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