Hello Loyal Soup People! The ice storm over the weekend that wreaked havoc in our region got me thinking about staying safe in icy conditions. I’m not even going to attempt to tell people how to drive in the ice and snow, other than to say stay home if you can! Unfortunately, our region is prone to receiving lots of freezing rain and ice which can make driving AND walking very dangerous. I wanted to provide a few tips to help you walk safely in the ice:
– Change your gait. Bend a bit at the waist so your center of gravity is over your feet. Walk very slowly, taking short, flat-footed steps. You’ll look a bit like a penguin. But let’s be honest – penguins are pro’s at walking on ice!
– Wear gloves and keep your hands by your sides instead of in your pockets. This will help you keep your balance and also help break your fall if you slip.
– Wear shoes that have good traction. Heels and flats are terrible for walking on the ice. If you need to wear nice shoes, pack them in a bag and change into them when you reach your destination.
– Beware of black ice. This type of ice is almost impossible to see. The road or sidewalk may just look wet, when in fact it is covered in ice.
The worst way to ruin the holiday season is to end up in the emergency room. Stay safe and take it slow!
*NOTE – Soupermom is not a licensed dietitian, doctor, personal trainer, or anything like that. She’s just extremely knowledgeable about healthy living!! But if you slip and fall while taking her advice, it is not her fault!