Wow! Did I ever take a ‘fun’ trip in the snow! Well, it was really just a ‘slip’ on the slick snow. About a foot of powder over an icy patch. This picture is not me…but that’s what it would look like if My friends were taking the picture. The ‘dummy’ part comes because I was showing my friend from the islands how to walk safely down a road in the snow. I learned that snow safety is not an exact science.
- Be that as it may, there are helpful tips that we can think about to make things much safer. I can now add one more to the tips that I published in my patient newsletters each year. Even deep powder snow can have ice under it. The bonus is that the deep snow sometimes softens the landing. Here are more tips for a safer, enjoyable winter walk:
- Choose a good pair of winter boots that are low heeled, water resistant, lightweight, comfortable and has and thick non-slip sole.
- Keep your knees unlocked, abit loose and slightly bent for better balance and prepared for slight slipping.
- Plan your path. Don’t take shortcuts or walk on surfaces that have not been shoveled or deiced.
- Be especially wary on surfaces that have fresh snow over icy re-frozen ground. i.e. Thaws during day, freezes at night and then snows in early morning.
- Wear warm clothes and gloves (mittens are preferred for better warmth) with changes in weather and temperature in mind.
After your walk if all went well, enjoy some warm hot chocolate and healthy treat with a warm recall of your walk and a smile. If these tips got to you too late and you landed like I did…check in with your chiropractor or health care provider to make sure any small injuries do not become chronic.