We know this weather can’t stop everything and whether you are walking to get to appointments, work, meetings, etc. or for exercise here are some tips from the Canadian Chiropractic Association for winter walking:
1. Wear proper footwear: look for something that will provide traction and help grip the slick surfaces.
2. Plan ahead: give yourself some extra time to get from point A to point B.
3. Avoid distractions: you shouldn’t walk and text in good weather but you really shouldn’t walk and text when sidewalks are slick, and drivers may have trouble stopping so you’ll want to be on alert.
4. Look out for ice : assume surfaces that are dark + wet = ice, and let’s not forget the ice that hides under freshly fallen snow.
5. Be prepared: help others by clearing/salting/sanding walkways, and plan your walking route to follow cleared paths.
6. Use support: handrails, door frames when getting in and out of vehicles, or walking poles to help stabilize and support you.
7. Don’t compromise balance: avoid carrying heavy, large or multiple objects that might cause you to be off balance when walking.
8. Walk like a penguin: on super slippery surfaces penguins know best, so mimic the penguin shuffle on unavoidable icy areas.
Check out the full article here.