Some ice and snow have finally descended on New York City and so has the time worn tradition of falling while walking on ice covered sidewalks. I love the cold weather even though it cuts down on my walking. Making my way out of the house with my dog in the morning there is very little incentive to go for the hour long walks I favor in the spring, summer and fall. If my dog Ollie didn’t have our cats Superkitty and Princess to chase around he would barely get any exercise in the cold weather.
In the past few days two people told me about falling down and my son Reggie and I witnessed someone hitting it on the path about ten feet in front of us. The common feature of all of these spills— like the pictures above— is that they all fell on their butt.
This is further proof of my contention that everyone leans and walks backwards through life. On that note here are:
Two simple tips for how to walk on ice.
- Take smaller steps. This is a good lesson to apply whenever you walk but especially when walking on ice.
- Walk or lean slightly forward. The slightest hinge at the hips will work wonders for making your way through the winter months safely.
Our feet tend to fall out from under us which explains why most people land on the well-padded gluteus maximus when falling on ice. The extra cushioning definitely helps but there is no need to fall at all. We should lean imperceptibly forward whenever we ambulate but being aware of this when walking on ice will make for a more pleasant and less injurious winter.