Now that we have finally made it through a long and grueling winter, it isn’t a stretch to say that everyone is itching to get outside, take in the fresh air, and soak up the sun. At Rainbow Medical Supplies, we are just as eager to put in some serious time outdoors, but we would be remiss if we didn’t briefly touch on the safety tips all walker users need to be mindful of. For the average person, unbearably hot temperatures can feel like too much to handle, but those of us who rely on mobility assistance products are likely even more vulnerable to the skyrocketing temperatures. If you or someone you know depends on a walker to get around, read on to learn how to stay safe all summer long.
Hydration – When you take your walker for a spin, always bring a water bottle with you so that you can make sure to stay hydrated at all times. Nothing is worse than going outside on a hot summer day and having to return home because you start to feel lethargic, dizzy, and listless.
Travel in Groups – If you have friends or relatives living nearby, try to convince them to join you on your walks so that you can look out for one another in case of emergency. If you prefer the solitude, make sure to take your phone along so that you can call for help if needed.
Mindful Eating – When the temperatures rise, make sure to eat lighter dishes before a brisk walk so that you can prevent nausea and cramping. Instead of eating heavy, hot meals that will weigh you down, stick to a handful of smaller, cold dishes instead to keep your body running efficiently.
Timing – Rather than going for a walk smack dab in the middle of the day, try to plan your exercise around the morning and early evening when the sun is not at its brightest and hottest. You’ll be able to walk longer and enjoy the experience much more when the weather is a bit cooler.
Identification – Always carry around your ID card or wear an identification necklace/bracelet of some kind so that you can be easily recognized and returned home in case of an emergency. Either place it inside your walker if possible, or keep it on your person so you can feel safe and secure when you venture outside.
If you are ready to take charge of your mobility once and for all, we have what you need to do just that. Visit our walkers page to see for yourself, and fill out this contact form so that we can reach out to answer all your questions and help you make the perfect choice. We look forward to hearing from you soon and hope you have a safe summer!