Let’s be real – it’s a lot easier to get outside for a jog or take a ride on your bike when the sun is shining on a warm summer evening and ice and snow aren’t covering the ground. Whether you’re a frequent exerciser or you’ve recently taken up an interest in a new outdoor activity, winter’s cold, changeable weather can be a challenge for staying active outside. Here are a few tips on how to take control of your winter weather endeavors and stay healthy and active in the colder months.
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Get yourself ready.
If you’re anything like us and enjoy spending time on the slopes this time of year, it’s important to make sure that your body is prepared to endure the rigors of ski season. Maintaining strong muscles, building your endurance, and keeping warm during winter activities are essential first steps for staying safe and injury-free.
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Tune up your equipment.
Does your winter sport/activity rely heavily on equipment? After a few months in the closet or garage, chances are that equipment could use a bit of a tune-up. Whether you’re a skier, snowboarder, snowshoer or winter hiker, looking over your equipment thoroughly, or having it checked out by a professional before you head out is another great way to ensure your safety, as well as your ability to have a great time on the trail or mountain.
Know the conditions.
Winter conditions vary widely but can be quite dangerous or extreme. You need to know beforehand whether it’s in your best interest to partake in an activity given the weather forecast and present conditions. Pay close attention and listen to weather advisory reports on the days you intend to head outdoors to ensure you can keep it fun.
Watch your step!
With cold weather and precipitation come icy roads and sidewalks, so we need to anticipate slippery conditions. Keep your hands out of your pockets, stay alert, and watch your step when walking on ice and snow to avoid slipping and potential injury. Consider taking cues from one of nature’s exceptional winter walkers, the penguin, and keep your steps short and close together.
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If winter conditions or activities do get the best of you and you find yourself with an orthopaedic injury, seek expert care. Call 775.786.1600 to make an appointment with one of the skilled, compassionate surgeons at Great Basin Orthopaedics. Our staff will get you scheduled quickly, and our collaborative care team will get you on the road to better health.