Tips for Moving More

Stay Safe & Warm: Dressing for Success in Cold Weather  

Staying warm and dry is crucial for having a successful cold weather adventure. When heading out during these winter months, layers are essential to keep you safe in cold weather: 

  • Dress in layers and wear hats, scarves, and gloves to keep warm. 
  • Select moisture-wicking fabrics rather than cotton. 
  • Choose a lightweight rain jacket with air vents. 
  • Look for UV-blocking clothing, hats and sunglasses.

Your Shoes & You Make a Great Pair

Finding the correct shoe will benefit your movement routine. Here are some of the key considerations to see if the shoe fits: 

  • Get fitted by a professional at the end of the day when your foot tends to be its largest.
  • Wear your usual athletic socks when you try on shoes. 
  • Look for shoes that provide support and cushioning for your activity level and foot type. 
  • Wear potential shoes around the store for about 10 minutes to test for blisters or heel pain. 
  • Replace shoes when the tread is worn down or uneven.

Rules of the Road: Pedestrian Safety Tips 

Whatever the destination, we are all pedestrians from time to time. Here are some simple tips to keep safe while being active in the community:  

  • Obey traffic signs and signals. 
  • Use sidewalks whenever they are available. If there is no sidewalk, walk facing traffic and as far from traffic as possible. 
  • Cross streets at a designated crosswalks or intersections. Look for cars in all directions, including those turning left or right. 
  • Look both ways. Look left, then right, then left again before crossing. Keep looking as you cross and be aware of your surroundings. 
  • Remember: Head up, phone down. Stay alert and avoid distractions when walking or crossing a street by avoiding cellphone use completely. Pull headphones down and turn off the volume prior to safely crossing the street. 
  • Be visible to drivers by wearing light colors and reflective clothing. Attach LED lights or reflectors to your shoes or carry a flashlight in limited lighting.  

If you are walking alone, please be aware of your surroundings, tell someone where you are going, and have your phone on you. 

Before starting any physical activity program, be sure to talk with your doctor about the types and amounts of physical activity that are right for you.