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5 Walking Tricks to Make Summer Strolling More Fun

5 Walking Tricks to Make Summer Strolling More Fun

Since June is Great Outdoors Month, and the Summer Solstice starts on June 21, here’s a not-so-surprising tip:†walking is a great way to enjoy the great outdoors and take in some of that summer sunshine.

But, as it keeps warming up, all that heat might make it harder to stick to your walking routine. Here are some walking tricks that will keep you motivated and make your walks more enjoyable as the weather keeps on heating up.


Wear the right clothing.
Dressing for summer heat will help keep you cool as you walk. The best choices are thin, natural fibers like cotton, or clothes made from materials that are designed to wick the sweat away from your body. And, consider adding a neck wrap/cooler or even wetting your shirt if you get too hot. Since your feet usually get hotter than the rest of you, choose well-ventilated shoes and socks that wick away the perspiration.

Bring water. While you might not feel like you are dehydrating, donít wait until you feel it, stay hydrated. Don’t forget to drink plenty of water before and after your walk, but during your walk.

Trick: freeze some water in your water bottle. As it slowly melts while you walk, you will have ice cold water.

Know the signs of dehydration or being over-heated. If you have any of these heat sickness symptoms, stop walking and get inside: heavy sweating, weakness, muscle cramps, dizziness, nausea/vomiting, headache and fainting.

Walk when it is cooler. The long summer days mean that you can walk later into the evening while it is still light or, if you are an early riser, walk in the early morning as a way to get going and plan ahead for your day. Just remember, the sun is strongest between noon and 3 p.m. so that puts you at greater risk for heat stroke. If mid-day is the only time you have to walk, consider walking in an air-conditioned mall.

Clear Your Mind. Walking is not only good for your physical health, but it can be great for your mental health. Take advantage of the opportunity to just zone out, enjoy summer, and observe everything around you. Clear out those negative thoughts. Try to unplug, resist the urge listen to music or talk or text on your cell phone. Instead, take in the sights and sounds of the great outdoors that only come with summer. You will find that it can calm and de-stress you.

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Judi Gerber

Judi Gerber is a University of California Master Gardener with a certificate in Horticultural Therapy. She writes about sustainable farming, local foods, and organic gardening for multiple magazines. Her book Farming in Torrance and the South Bay was released in September 2008.

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4:49AM PDT on Jun 25, 2014

cool

11:15AM PDT on Jun 24, 2014

Thank you :)

3:58PM PDT on Jun 23, 2014

Better have ID's in a small pouch.

12:54AM PDT on Jun 23, 2014

I'd also include first and foremost to have the right footwear. Plantar fasciitis is painful and can take weeks or months to heal.

12:36AM PDT on Jun 22, 2014

I go walking/jogging at night. The weather is cooler and there are less people on the streets.
I don't get tanned and that strange look from people. xD

7:27PM PDT on Jun 21, 2014

comfortable supportive shoes......????

3:08PM PDT on Jun 21, 2014

Walking is enjoyable, especially in the forest or by the river and I have done this for decades. Love to see Nature while walking and it is also very relaxing.

In the summer it is often hot and humid, so I prefer to walk in the early morning or in the evening.

2:14PM PDT on Jun 21, 2014

As everyone knows I walk 50+ kms every day (unless its raining of course). All the things are aboslutely true except they are not tricks but they are needs to walk safely and happily. When you walk a lot it clears your mind because of the endorphins I mentioned many times. One more trick if you like to walk a lot is to alter the route you walk often.Believe it or not even walking can become boring if it to repeditive! Happy Walking !!! Thx :

1:12PM PDT on Jun 19, 2014

Thanks.

1:12PM PDT on Jun 19, 2014

Very useful.

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