How to Prepare for Different Weather Conditions While Walking

Regardless of where you live or what time of year it is, the weather is always a factor to
consider when walking. Walking is a very popular form of exercise that most people
prefer to do outdoors rather than on a treadmill. But this means that the weather will
require you to wear appropriate clothing and to take the proper precautions as well.

Whether it’s wet and rainy or hot and humid, here are some preparations and measures
you can take to ensure an optimal and safe walking experience.

Heat

Wet and windy conditions are usually what come to mind when someone considers
“hazardous” weather, but the heat is something that is often overlooked. A bright, sunny
day with temperatures soaring in the 90s and up can be very harmful if you spend a
prolonged period of time walking outside.

To prepare for hot conditions, you should make sure that you bring sufficient water to
stay hydrated and wear light-colored, preferably sweat-wicking, clothing. It’s also a good
idea to apply a high-SPF sunscreen, use UV-protective sunglasses and to wear a hiking
hat.

Cold

While most people tend to leave the walking for spring and summer seasons, there are
those who like to walk during the colder months. Walking in colder weather can greatly
increase the sensation of cold on your body due to the increase in the windchill factor.
The evaporation of sweat can drop your overall body temperature as well.

A drop in temperature can lead to serious conditions such as hypothermia and frostbite.
In order to walk safely in the cold, you will need to make sure that you dress in multiple
layers of windproof or water-resistant clothing. You should also wear wicking polyester
pants but no cotton or denim pants. Be sure to wear head and face protection as well,
such as a beanie, earmuffs or a balaclava.

Rain & Snow

For rainy conditions, you will need to wear multiple layers with a water-resistant outer
layer to prevent getting wet. This outer layer should have a sufficiently large hood as
well to protect your head. You will also need slip-resistant rain boots to prevent the risk
of any slip-related injuries.

For snowy weather, it’s a good idea to wear some insulating thermal underwear and
multiple water-resistant layers. Any sort of beanie and ear protection is recommended
as well. Snow can be very difficult to walk through, so you will need to get some sturdy
snow boots that are waterproof.

Walking through any sort of wet weather conditions is usually not recommended, but if
you are looking to complete your walking routine, be sure to wear insulated clothing and
the appropriate boots, and be sure to take enough rest breaks to avoid becoming overly
fatigued.