Walking Club Check-In: How to Walk In the Rain

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

If you walk in the rain, watch out for puddles and leaves.Welcome, or welcome back, to the Dr. Sinatra Walking Club. If you missed the "official introduction," you can see it here. Each Saturday, I post a new Walking Club Check-in, where you can post your minutes walked, the number of times you walked, or miles by leaving a comment.

Yesterday, I looked out my window and saw something I haven't seen in a week--the sun! Those of you who also live here in the Mid-Atlantic States know exactly what I'm talking about. When it wasn't sprinkling, it was pouring. We were literally socked in for days on end in a wet, wet world...but it didn't stop my walking program.

Since fall is typically the rainy season, I thought it was a good opportunity to talk about how to walk safely in the rain.

1. Check the temperature outside and layer up since you can get cold more quickly when you're wet. Top your outfit with a breathable poncho or a rain slicker with a hood.

2. Wear bright, reflective clothing since cars will have a tougher time seeing you in the rain.

3. Choose breathable, water proof socks. Walking in cotton socks can give you blisters if they get wet.

4. Wear a waterproof visor above your eyes so the rain won't impair your vision, or wash out your contact lenses if you wear them.

5. Watch out for puddles, downed tree limbs, and wet leaves that can cause you to slip and fall.

Now it's your turn:

1. Do you have a tip for walking in the rain?

2. If you walked this week, please go ahead and record your days, miles, or time walked.

Have a great Saturday!

Karen

Remember to consult your doctor before starting a new exercise program.
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