When the weather is cold outside, it is not inviting for most people to go outside and walk for exercise. Usually, it is just about being prepared. In the winter months, try to plan ahead and put together a fitness walking schedule for the next few day based on the weather forecast for the area you plan to walk in.

If you are lucky, you may be able to schedule your walking exercise in between any expected rainy periods. Also, if you have mentally prepared yourself to be walking for fitness on a certain day, you are more likely to get out and complete your task if you are prepared in advance for the weather.

Of course, there is always the option of walking indoors on a treadmill. However, many people tend to get bored very easily walking on the spot and getting nowhere. But it does have its good points such as you can watch TV and stay warm while working out. Another way to avoid the bad weather while trying to walk for fitness is to join a gym and use their treadmills. This will give you some company in the form of the other gym members using treadmills at the same time.

People have also known to walk around large indoor car parks to stay dry while doing their walking workout. If this is done at the right time of day when there are not many cars around, then this is a great way to keep up with your planned walking schedule while staying dry.

Walking to stay fit during unpleasant weather is not all bad. For one thing, it is a lot cooler so you can usually walk faster for longer before you feel too hot. It can also give your workout a new edge, especially if you are walking as hard as you can into a head wind. The extra calories that will be used in this situation will be worth the effort, even of you don not think so at the time!

So if you decide that you are going to do your workout walking in the colder weather, be sure to warm up first by walking slightly slower to begin with before gradually building up speed. And wear the right type of clothing. Layers are usually good but anything which will protect you from the elements without you overheating is usually a good idea.

Special caution is needed in snow and icy conditions. If you are unsure of your walking capabilities or you have recently began walking as s fitness plan, it would be advised to avoid these types of conditions for your own safety.