Whilst it’s nice to enjoy the picturesque scenes of snow in theory, navigating daily activities become a little more difficult when snow turns to ice. We’ve all experienced that slippy underfoot feeling which makes your life flash in front of your eyes, so here are our best tips helping you to stay upright on the ice this winter.
Keep your centre of gravity low
While it might feel silly to walk (waddle) like a penguin, this is the best method of staying upright on icy paths.
The trick is to keep your centre of gravity low by bending your knees and walking as carefully as possible. Try to keep your feet flat as this creates less opportunity for you to slip when making contact with the ground.
Keep your hands at the ready
The NHS are warning of an increased risk of slips, trips and falls. And with current hospital waiting times, you definitely want to avoid a trip to A&E at all costs.
Our next top tip is to keep your hands at the ready to balance you. This means making sure they’re not in your pockets or on your phone. The best thing to do is to keep them by your side and slightly away from your sides to help steady you if you slip.
If you’re out to pick up supplies, we suggest putting items in a backpack instead of carrying them at your side so you’re able to be perfectly balanced.
Avoid walking if you can
Our next tip seems obvious, but try to avoid walking on the ice if you can. Unless your trip is necessary, it might be best to drive if you can or wait for someone with a car who can help you.
The NHS is understandably full at the moment and the hospital is the last place you want to be kicking off your new year.
Invest in some quality footwear or traction devices
There are plenty of boots and special walking shoes which provide extra traction on slippery surfaces. These are a great option and there are many stylish options to choose from.
We also recommend Yaktrax, which are ice grips which can be attached to any footwear to make slipping less likely.
Be mindful of shoveling and getting injured
If you’re shoveling snow off your driveway, pavement or even digging your wheels out, be mindful of the movements you are making to avoid getting injured.
We also provide lots of handy hints and tips on our Instagram – so feel free to give us a follow. It also means you can stay up to date with our opening times as restrictions change.
We are still open
And finally, remember that we are still open for chiropractic appointments which you can book online.
If you need any more tips or reassurance, don’t hesitate to book an appointment with us.
But most importantly, stay safe out there!