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This Week’s Walk Destination…

Choose Hill Climb or Level Walk Next Saturday, August 4

Are you in the mood for a challenging hike?  Or would you prefer more of a saunter?  You have the choice of destinations off of Foothill Road next Saturday, thanks to two of our Walk Stars (volunteer leaders).  Both walks will be from 9:00-10:00 a.m.

Kirstin Litz will lead a hike from the new Castleridge Trailhead to the Courdet Trail on the ridge for a sweeping view of the valley.  The trailhead is just behind Alviso Adobe Community Park, 3465 Foothill Road, but trail users are asked to park along the Old Foothill Road, just north of the park entry, instead of using the parking lot.  There are 37 curb-side spaces.  Please note that this is steep, unpaved trail uphill, so closed-toe shoes with good traction soles are advised.  (If you have walking poles, this is a good place to try them out.)  There are public restroom facilities inside the Alviso Adobe complex.

Across Foothill Road, Karl Aitken will meet those who prefer to avoid hills at Meadowlark Park, 8200 Regency Drive. Parking is curb-side. This walk is mostly on paved sidewalks and paths, but there is one area where an unpaved path leads up a small hill.  Karl introduced the group to a “secret” pathway leading to the historic Laguna Oak for which the housing development is named.  There are no restroom facilities at this park, nor along the trail.

As always, we encourage you to wear comfortable shoes and to dress in layers for the changing temperatures.  Hats, visors, sunscreen, and water bottles may make the walks more pleasurable.

June and July Walk Calendar

PLEASE NOTE THAT WALKS BEGIN AT 9:00 A.M. ALL YEAR LONG, UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED. WE WALK RAIN OR SHINE UNLESS THE RAIN IS BLOWING SIDEWAYS.  

AUGUST 4 = Castleridge Trailhead and Courdet Trail to ridgetop OR Meadowlark Park, with Walk Stars Kirstin or Karl, respectively, 9:00-10:00 a.m.

August 11 = Koll Center, with Mr. Pedometer, at 8:00 and/or 9:00-10:00 a.m., with optional no-host brunch afterward at Stable Café, Fairgrounds Gate 12
 
August 18 = TBA
 
August 25 = Ken Mercer Community Park, 9-10 a.m.

Ask Mr. Pedometer
           and Friends…Blog

Tips to Help Your Pet Survive in the Heat of Summer

Mr. Pedometer, you recently wrote about the “dog days” of summer.  Any advice on how to help our canine pals survive this hottest part of the year? 

Good question!  Fortunately, columnist Joan Morris recently offered some great advice in the East Bay Times, including the following:

NEVER leave your dog unattended in your car, not even if you park in the shade and leave the windows partly open. Cars heat up fast!  A dog can suffer from heatstroke – possibly fatally – within 15 minutes.

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Leg pain while walking….should you be worried?

Q: Mr. Pedometer, I know that you always encourage us to walk, but even at a slow pace, I find that walking makes my legs hurt. Any suggestions?

A: Doctors usually recommend walking because it is easy, convenient, and free – except, perhaps, for the cost of a comfortable pair of shoes. However, walking can become painful for some of us, usually due to age and/or arthritis. Other possible factors were outlined in a recent newsletter from Harvard Medical School. These include the following four:

Peripheral Artery Disease
Chronic Venous Insufficiency
Lumbar Spinal Stenosis
Diabetic Neuropathy

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Stay Hydrated in the Summer Heat

Mr. Pedometer you have cautioned us to drink enough water before taking summertime walks.  What guidelines can you offer to help stay hydrated in the summer heat?

We all know that sweating is our body’s way of cooling off our skin, but did you realize that your heart has to beat harder to move warm blood from your internal organs to the skin’s surface so that heat can dissipate?  That is another reason to be sure to drink plenty of water on hot days.

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Help boost your memory

Q: Mr. Pedometer, you offer good advice on how we should “move more” for wellness, but is there any way we could also help boost our brain power?
A: That’s a timely question, as June happens to be national Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month. Just in time, our local newspaper included a “Spry Living” insert, with a list of “brain-booster” tips, including the following:

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