Be a Penguin – Avoid a Slip and Fall
You read that right. Walking like a penguin can help you avoid a broken leg, sprained ankle, or just a lot of pain from a slip and fall as the polar vortex returns and puts us back in a deep freeze. In winter, as the roads, driveways, and sidewalks slick up with ice and slush, the risk of falling on the ice is ever-present. This is especially true when we’re in a hurry to get to work, school, or just out of the freezing cold!
This infographic on LifeHacker shows how normal walking can cause you to slip and fall, and how walking like a Penguin can keep you vertical during the dangerous winter months. It’s all about your center of gravity – that’s why taking little steps over ice can get you where you’re going faster and safer that regular walking.
Some additional tips that are not related to penguins, to avoid a slip and fall:
Imagine you are a glass of water, trying to pour your contents into another glass and avoid spilling. You need to “pour” your weight very carefully from one foot to the other while walking on the ice to make sure you don’t take a tumble.
Get snowshoes! They have increased traction so they can grip the icy ground better than gym shoes, dress shoes, or any other rubber soled shoe.
Last, don’t rush. Take it slow. Falling will just take up more of your time, and potentially hurt you, so save yourself the trouble and be careful!