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Tips for Winter Activities

Too chilly to keep up with your regular running schedule? If you aren’t a member of a gym or have access to a treadmill, the colder months of the year can be tough for runners. Maybe you’re thinking of taking up some winter sports instead. Here’s some tips so you stay safe.

Don’t Be a Hero

A skiing trip is not only an excuse to visit some great locations and take in the incredible views, it’s also a fantastic way to keep active during the winter. If you’re a newcomer to the sport, don’t be afraid to fall. Contrary to popular belief, falling down isn’t the biggest risk of accidents and, in fact, learning how to fall safely is a critical lesson for new skiers. If a skier tries too hard to stay on their feet, their knees can buckle under the impact. Because they have to support the rest of the body’s weight, you can quickly tear a muscle or worse. Similar accidents can occur if you decide to take up ice rink skating.

Get the Right Equipment

This one can’t be stressed enough. It’s crazy to think there are still people out there and that fail to invest in the appropriate equipment. Every year there are thousands of injuries that could have been avoided simply by wearing the right helmet, guard, or pad. High Octane Sport stock a variety of the kind of equipment you’ll need should you decide to get involved, and they currently have a sale for up to 15% of the RRP. You also need to take into account the kind of clothing you’ll wear. Even if the weather is cold, you can work up a sweat and damp clothes can further lower your body’s temperature. Wear layers that you can remove easily and look for thermal and insulting clothing.

Be Aware of the Area

If you’re heading to a commercial skating rink or ski slope, you likely don’t have to worry about any nearby hazards. You should still keep an eye out on the weather, though, as storms can pop up without warning. Keep an eye out on the forecast for any predicted drops in temperature or changes to the wind force. If you’re exploring an area on your own, though, you need to be aware of your surroundings. Make sure you check the thickness of the ice if you’re going skating and, if you’re looking for a spot to ski or snowboard, find a path free of possibly dangerous obstructions.

Running is a great way to stay healthy, but it’s not the only way to keep active. Don’t be afraid to challenge yourself and try out new sports.

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About Paul Stainthorpe

Running has been part of my life since 2011. While growing up I hated running and would do anything to avoid it at school. Give me a ball and a racket any day. It’s funny how some things change. I run for good. In 2012 I ran the 12 Days of Christmas for the Percy Hedley Foundation. In 2013 I attempted (with friend Lee Nyland), the 12 parkruns of Christmas for the Tiny Lives Trust.


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