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What to Wear When You Walk

Clothing, Shoes and Gear for Walkers

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  • A protective outer layer goes on top of your insulating layer to protect you from elements like wind, rain, and snow. Choose waterproof fabrics that are made of breathable materials (so your sweat can evaporate).
  • Last but Not Least
    With so much focus on your feet and body, don't neglect these other parts! A ventilated and/or brimmed hat can protect your head from the sun during the summer. A winter hat will help regulate your body temperature, since one quarter of your body heat escapes through your head. Gloves also help regulate your body temperature. And lastly, be sure to protect your skin (and eyes) from damaging rays. If you'll be outside longer than 15 minutes, you should wear sunscreen, even in the winter. Sunglasses are a good idea, too.

    Following these tips should keep you outside comfortably all year long!
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    Jen received her master's degree in health promotion and education from the University of Cincinnati. A mom and avid marathon runner, she is an ACE-certified personal trainer, health coach, medical exercise specialist and behavior change specialist. See all of Jen's articles.

    Member Comments

    • Great article. Keep in mind that the clothing doesn't need to be expensive. Look for clothes at end-of-the-season sales. - 4/15/2016 11:11:17 AM
    • Nice article! I think I have it nailed about the hat and other clothing except for the shoes. I have spent tons of money on different shoes and socks and have tried all kinds of anti-chafing potions, but I still get tons of painful blisters and the overhang of scar tissue under the balls of my feet cause me to limp all the way home. I am OK for the first 4 miles but after that I know trouble is coming. I even tried changing into dry socks halfway through. Walking would be so much more fun if I could find a solution for this. - 4/14/2016 9:13:28 AM
    • Great Article! Thanks. - 4/14/2015 8:42:32 AM
    • SNNYDEE03
      If you should be wearing good walking shoes, the. Why does every store want to sell you running shoes, when you tell them your a walker. I just don't understand this.

      - 3/1/2015 9:11:15 PM
    • Thanks for the article! I would appreciate a bit more detail about fiber contents other than just "not cotton." - 2/26/2015 9:18:02 AM
    • Good ideas, particularly about wearing a hat. - 11/13/2014 3:08:41 PM
    • Great tips! thanks!... - 10/24/2012 5:28:14 PM
    • Thanks for the new articles as well I run out of them. Ihad to laugh at the title right away I thought " CLOTHES- I don't want to be picked up by the cops" !!! - 5/2/2011 9:37:57 PM
      In addition to water, I bring a microfiber cloth for wiping perspiration and tissues just in case. Living on the Gulf coast it's windy, so sometimes I find it necessary to cover my ears. The little individual pop-on type earmuffs work great. - 1/11/2011 10:47:02 AM
      Just wanted to know if those sauna suits were good to work out in? - 6/16/2010 2:23:50 PM
    • As a regular runner, I find this article extremely important. Many crucial points are brought up. First, wear breathable clothing, pure cotton is nice but not practical. Wear cotton blends or technical fabrics. Wearing the right shoes is probably most important. A good bet would be to go to a specialty running store. Quite often, the workers in these stores are specially trained in shoe fitting. As for cold weather, my biggest problem is my hands; they get cold very easily. So, when I dress for running, I dress so that I'll be a bit cool when I start. But my hands? They have to be toasty warm from the get-go. - 11/19/2008 11:27:22 AM
    • This is a great article. I needed the reminders here. - 11/16/2008 8:01:49 PM
    • Thanks for the NEW articles. I learning so much! - 11/16/2008 2:36:36 AM

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