Hello! And welcome back to “The Winter That Never Ends!” I’m your host Chuck Canuck. This segment of our show is brought to you by Donald Physiotherapy, where you’re in good hands. Now, let’s get back to our topic, Winter Survival! Here’s our top five tips!
1. Keep your hands in your mitts, and out of your pockets.
Mitts keep your hands warmer than gloves by giving the fingers a chance to stay warm together and generate more body heat. Keeping your hands out of your pockets increases your balance, and decreases the risk of slipping and falling on the ice.
2. Warm up before you shovel or use the snow blower.
Cold weather and cold muscles do not mix. A light warm up of marching in place or stretching will not only help your muscles work better, but it can help prevent injury.
3. Hot cup of coffee before your shovel? Save it until you’re done.
Substances like caffeine and nicotine can decrease your blood vessels to constrict, putting you at risk for a heart attack or other cardiovascular event brought on by the strain of shovelling.
4. Push the snow when you can.
Pushing the snow reduces strain on the body. If you do have to lift the snow, bend your knees and use your legs to do most of the work. Try to use a light weight plastic shovel over a heavier metal one.
5. Be cautious while walking.
Buy some ice grips that slide over your boots, and take your time. Put your phone away and watch for slippery sections or ice in your path. If your path is incredibly slippery, try walking like a penguin. Keep your feet flat, take short strides or shuffle. Keep your knees slightly bent with your toes pointed out, and lean forward slightly.
That’s our show for today folks! Tune in next time when I’ll be discussing The Groundhog: Accurate weather predictor? Or oversized rodent with an ego? Thanks again to our friends at Donald Physiotherapy. If find yourself sore after shovelling, or you’ve had a slip and fall, give them a call! They’ll get you back to the snow in no time. I’m Chuck Canuck, and this has been “The Winter That Never Ends!”
~ Becky, RMT