Sunday, December 23, 2012

Snow: Just in Time!

Just in time for Christmas, Northwest, PA has received a good amount of snow! It just wouldn't have been the same without it. Now that the snow is here, and the walkways are extra slippery, I thought it would be a good time to share some walking tips I found from

Ease into it
Start slowly to give your muscles a chance to warm up.

Walk at a moderate or slow pace
Winter roads and paths can be icy. The bigger your strides, the higher your risk of falling.

Bring water
Don't assume you only need water in summertime. Dry winter air is dehydrating, and you do sweat away water in winter — you just don't always realize it.

Stay safe
In low-visibility and bad road conditions, you don't want to walk where there's traffic. Instead, head to parks, bike paths, high school tracks, or residential streets that draw very few cars. Always wear reflective gear. If it gets really cold, try walking at the mall.

Aim to wear three layers
You can always peel the layers off if they aren't needed.

Avoid cotton
Cotton absorbs fluid. If you begin to sweat or the snow really starts coming down, you won't want to be caught in cotton clothes. Once cotton is wet, it will only make you colder.

Wear gloves
Grab ski gloves if it's snowing. A hat and a neck gaiter (a muff for your neck) will help keep you warm. If your ears, hands or head get too cold, go inside.

Protect your eyes
Wear sunglasses or, if it's snowing, goggles with a light-colored lens, to protect your eyes from snow glare.

Try studded outdoor walking shoes
These give you extra traction on slippery surfaces.

Don't layer your socks
There's a good chance you'll get blisters that way. Instead, wear thin socks designed to keep feet warm.

After reading these tips, I think I will venture outside for a walk, later. A tip of my own would be to schedule your walk around the "warmest" time of day; usually around noon.

For those of you who have snow or cold temperatures this time of year, has the weather kept you from staying active outside? Do you have any other tips to share?


  1. I match up everything up above,, just by going out and shoveling the snow every day or more than once a day,, that is major cardio.. I do wish I still had time to just walk though,, way more fun than shoveling snow..

  2. I live near Boston and I can't imagine forcing myself out the door during the winter for an outdoor workout. Anyone who can do it has my admiration! This is definitely the time of year where I like to throw on a workout dvd or head out for a long session at the gym.

  3. I would love to stroll in the snow here, but it was reeallly cold here (-30C or -22F or colder!!). Not exactly strolling weather!

    I hope everyone drives safe to their Christmas destinations! Snow always seems to come when people want to travel.

    Merry Christmas!

  4. Thanks for sharing such great tips/suggestions! Have a Merry Christmas Eve & Day <3