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Ten Walking Mistakes to Avoid - #8 The Wrong Clothes

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Updated June 04, 2012

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Mistake: Yes, clothes matter when you take a walk. Here are some common mistakes with choosing your walking clothing.
  • You are always wearing too much or not enough, end up sweaty and clammy in any weather.
  • You walk at night wearing dark colored clothing with no reflective stripes or a safety vest.
  • No hat.

The cures:

For walking comfort, dress in layers. The inner layer should be of a fabric such as CoolMax or polypropylene that will wick sweat away from your body to evaporate - not cotton, which holds it in next to the skin. The next layer should be insulating - a shirt or sweater easily removed if you warm up. The outer layer should be a jacket that is windproof, and waterproof or water-resistant in wet climates.
How to Layer Your Clothing
Dressing for Hot Weather Walking

Be visible at twilight, dawn and night: To prevent becoming a hood ornament, wear a mesh reflective safety vest bought at a local biking or running shop or put reflective strips on your night-time walking outfit. Many running shoes have reflective elements, but studies show it is best to have several reflective elements on to be seen from all directions.
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Hats are essential equipment. They insulate you so you warm up faster. They shield the top of your head from the sun - an area where it is hard to apply sunscreen unless you are bald, but still burns. Hats with visors also shield your face from sun exposure.

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