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Practice Safe Walking For Healthier Walking
As the weather warms up, walkers move outside. Walking is a healthy activity that stimulates circulation and lung capacity and may help work off excess weight. But walking for exercise is not without its risks, notes a North Dakota State University safety specialist.
More than 7,000 fatalities and 50,000 non-fatal injuries happen every year in collisions involving pedestrians and vehicles, notes George Maher of the NDSU Extension Service. "The pedestrian is most at risk when safety rules are bent or broken. It is much safer, and healthier, to walk with the rules than against them," he says.
"When safety precautions are practiced, walking can be done year-round for great exercise. Keep it safer by adjust your walking practices as the seasons change. Walk against the flow of traffic, be sure of your footing, and be seen," Maher says. Vehicle-pedestrian accidents are not just an urban problem, they happen in rural areas too, he notes. And when visibility is poor, walking becomes more risky.
Follow these precautions, to make your walking safer: