During the winter months, walking is a great activity to keep you moving! Walking can help reduce your risk of falling by improving your strength, balance, and posture.
1 – Plan ahead. Tell someone where you are going and when you will be back. Take along a cell phone in case you run into difficulty.Choose a route that hasclear pathways and good lighting. Know where the washrooms are located if you know you will need a pit stop.
2 – Inside or outside? Check the forecast and if it is too icy or cold, plan to walk indoors. Local malls, arenas and apartment buildings can all be great places to get your walk in and stay safe.
3 – Dress for success. Dress in layers so that you can shed them as you warm up. Don’t forget a hat and gloves. Wear bright, reflective gear so that you can easily be seen.
4 – Find your sole-mate. Wear footwear that is stable, well insulated and has a non-slip sole. Visit www.ratemytreads.com to find a list of recommended winter boots that have been tested here in Canada for slip resistance.
5 – Stay alert. Clean your glasses and put in hearing aids. Be aware of your surroundings and scan for tripping hazards, black ice, and uneven surfaces.
Most importantly, take your time and enjoy the walk!