SOS Physiotherapy: Holiday Issue

WINTER WALKING TIPS

As the snow begins to fly, don’t let the cold weather stop you from enjoying the invigoration and stress relief from a winter outdoor walk! Here are some tips and tricks to keep you walking all winter long: • Allow at least 10 minutes to warm up. When it’s cold, your heart and muscles need more time to get ready and prepare for exercise • Wear a scarf or mask loosely over your nose and mouth to prevent the sting of icy cold air when you inhale. This is especially important if you have asthma or respiratory problems

• Choose shoes with winter soles for traction , and get a pair of ski or walking poles to help keep your balance. (The poles will also help you burn extra calories because your upper body is getting a workout too.) • Add slip-on spikes to your boots on the extra icy days, to reduce your risk of slips and falls (we see enough of these already…) • Refer to our last newsletter for basic balance exercises to add to your fitness program. Make sure you can rely on your balance no matter what “Old Man Winter” throws at you!

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