Walking GearWalking Gear

You don't need fancy gear to start walking. It doesn't hurt to have a pair of shoes, some socks, and some clothing, but you could go out for a walk without any of those items...but we'd really appreciate it if you at least put on a pair of shorts. We've heard walking is more comfortable if you wear a pair of shoes, but we're not pushing anything here.

Seriously, walking is the ultimate free and easy way to get around town. If you want some "gear," check out some of the following options:

Shoes - A good pair of shoes will keep you from getting blisters or cutting your feet. A good shoe should fit comfortably, have a flexible sole, and plenty of toe room.

Socks - Comfortable socks are just as important as good shoes. Coolmax socks can wick away moisture better than the standard cotton sock, but we won't send out the sock patrol if you choose to wear regular socks.

Clothing - Go for comfort. Make sure you can move your legs comfortably. Clothing made from wicking fabrics that draw sweat away from your body can make walking more comfortable. On cold weather days, layer your clothing so items can be removed as you warm up. On sunny days, add a hat, sunscreen, and sunglasses. Sounds like Mom's advice...

Water - Stay hydrated, and drink plenty of water. If you are going for a shorter walk, drink some water before you head out and more when you return. If you will be walking for longer than 30 minutes, take your water along.

Accessories - Bags, backpacks and other carriers (waist belts, and the ever-popular fanny pack), personal stereos or MP3 players, or exercise monitors (heart rate or pedometers), strollers. Folding laundry/grocery carts or even little red wagons can come in handy for hauling. Though far from necessary, they can add convenience to your walk.

Safety & Security - Wear reflective bands and carry a flashlight at night. Always have your identification, list of medications, emergency contacts, and when possible, a cell phone.