As with any physical activity there are a number of things to consider when you're starting a new routine. Find a few safety tips and healthy habits below to help you along the way.
- Secure your valuables. Leave cash, mp3 players and other property in a secure location before taking a walk.
- Don’t use your cell phone. Chatting or texting while you walk limits your awareness of traffic, passing joggers and bikes, or other hazards. You also become a distracted, easy target for crime.
- Keep music low. If you do chose to use an mp3 player, keep the volume at a low level so that you can hear bells and other warnings from bicyclists, runners and pedestrians.
- Use the buddy system. Whenever possible, plan your walk with others. If you walk alone, tell someone where you are going and when you expect to return.
- Be aware of your surroundings. If you see someone suspicious, be prepared to alter your route.
- Cyclists may encounter slippery and difficult conditions walking their bikes down to the valley (and up again).
- Use ravine paths during daylight hours and bring a buddy.
- Carry a cell phone for emergency situations.
- Call for help. If you feel threatened or need assistance, call Campus Police at 416-978-2222.
- Eat at least 5 fruits and vegetable every day.
- Drink at least 4 glasses of water every day.
- Eat 3 meals every day when you can.
- Limit TV, computer time and video games to 2 hours per day.
- Get moving for at least 1 hour every day.