While we may be getting more winter weather than we can have fun
If you haven’t been hitting the gym, don’t even think about hitting the snow or ice. Conditioning muscles before winter activities is key to preventing injuries. Keep in mind even elite-level ice skaters, hockey players, and snow skiers/boarders participate in a large amount of endurance training and core strengthening before they ever hit the ice or slopes. Many times they also participate in a very strict regimen that includes regular intervals of exercise and rest, proper nutrition, and plenty of sleep.
Don’t go from 0-100
It’s essential to warm up with stretches or light exercise before engaging in your chosen activity. Cold muscles, ligaments, and tendons are more prone to injury, so make sure you remember to stretch before you hit the slopes!
Participating in a sport that requires safety equipment such as helmets, goggles, wrist guards, and knee and elbow pads? Be sure to wear them every time and ensure you have them on properly. While they might not always be the most comfortable or stylish, they go a long way toward protecting what matters most – you!
Test Your Equipment
We always recommend performing a quick test to make sure all your equipment is working properly. It’s much easier to find a problem while you are still at home rather than find it when you are miles away on top of a mountain!
Learn How to Fall
Knowing the proper way to fall can mean the difference between just needing an ice pack or spending the day in the emergency room. Shoulder, elbow, and wrist injuries can result from trying to brace a fall. Take a lesson or two from a trained instructor, who will provide direction on how to fall correctly.
Know Your Limits
The stunts on ESPN look awesome. However, please refrain from engaging in a risky stunt. We always recommend leaving those to the experts and the injuries that come with them! We also recommend taking a class, such as a ski lesson, for those who might be uncertain or less than
Damp clothes from sweat can lower your body temperature. Be sure you are well insulated before heading out. The best way to do this is by wearing a breathable base layer, one or two insulating layers, and a water and windproof outer layer to ensure you stay warm and dry.
As your reliable Connecticut life insurance company, please take our advice before hitting the slopes. Accidents happen, but preparedness is key to minimizing your risk during winter activities. If you aren’t sure you are adequately protected, give us a call today at 860-684-5270.