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Q: How can I take fitness walks safely during the winter?

Posted February 12, 2014 in Advice Column, Norwalk

A: Winter brings ice, snow and slippery conditions and can lead to a serious slip or fall injury while out walking or running. The shorter winter days make it more difficult to walk during daylight. If you have to walk in the early morning or evening, make sure your gear is equipped with reflective materials and that you wear footwear with good traction. Carry your cell phone and a form of ID with you just in case. Walk or run with others whenever possible, and always let someone know when and where you are going and how long you will be gone.

Don’t ignore the sun just because it’s cloudy and cold. Continue to apply sunscreen, wear a lip balm with sunscreen, wear a hat and consider sunglasses to protect your eyes from the glare of a bright winter’s day.

Wait for vehicles to stop completely before crossing the road.  Approaching vehicles may not be able to stop immediately due to road conditions.  If you need immediate medical attention, call 911.

While you may love walking, winter can provide the perfect opportunity to try something new. Now you can take advantage of classes at the gym, indoor cycling, or sign up for dance lessons.

Information provided by Tami Dickeson, Norwalk Nursing and Rehab, 921 Sunset Drive, Norwalk, 515-981-0604.





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