December 28, 2018

Safety Tips for Winter Walking

Choose the appropriate shoes.

Winter shoes soles should provide maximum adhesion to the slippery surface. If you don`t want to crawl along the way, choose carved ruber soles. It`s complicated to move easily in high heels as well as in poor quality shoes as they harden in cold. 

To make shoes less slippery, you can use microspikes. If the ice caught you by surprise, you can stick a fabric adhesive plaster on the sole.

Take your hands out of your pockets.

The one whose hands are in pockets has a higher chance of falling. Free hands help us to balance. Imagine that you are a tightrope walker and open arms to sides. That will add stability. If you carry shopping bags, it`s better use both hands for balance.

Wear a hat and a hood.

These accessories not only protect the head from the cold but also soften the fall.

If you`re falling anyway, do it right. The first thing we were taught in the skiing class is how to fall. If you start falling, try to squat and fall to the side on the upper part of the forearm, pressing arm to the body. If you`re falling on your back, try to pull your chin and arms up to your chest.

Be attentive to the little things.

Try to walk so that you can grab hold of something in case you slip. (handrails, fence, trees). Walk down and up the stairs, holding on to the railing. Step to the next stair only after both legs are on previous one. On the pedestrian roads choose less slippery places, usually the edges. If you have osteoporosis or problems with balance, use a cane with an anti-icing tip.
Step small and frequently, and in particularly slippery areas tear off the legs minimal from the surface, bending your knees.

Develop coordination and posture.

Contrology is the exercise method by Joseph Pilates. And it speaks here for itself. Controlled movements make life healthier, preciser and more graceful at the same time.

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