Walking in bad weather can actually be enjoyable if you take the necessary precautions.

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Some days, the weather's going to be ideal for walking -- very light breeze, temperature around 60 degrees, not a cloud in sight. What do you do, however, when the snow starts to fall, a gale threatens to blow you off the path, or the heat makes you feel as if your shoes will melt?

It may not sound too appealing to you now, but you can walk in all but the worst weather. If you make walking as much a part of your routine as eating or sleeping, you'll probably find yourself walking through rain, snow, and

sleet -- and enjoying every minute of it.

The secret to all-weather walking is to be prepared -- with appropriate clothing and gear and the knowledge of when to back off. Temperature extremes can be more than uncomfortable; they can be dangerous and even deadly if you don't prepare yourself adequately. But with good preparation, you can keep on walking outdoors under all but the most extreme weather conditions.

In this article, you'll learn tips to help you keep on walking, whether you're faced with a hot, humid day or a wet and rainy one. We'll start by learning about the dangers of walking in the heat on the next page.