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Staying Safe While Having Fun This Winter

By Donna Stark

You couldn't be any more excited with the drop in temperatures because colder weather means your favorite fall and winter sports are right on the horizon, but how long has it been since you've treated yourself to some new gear? Now, don't get me wrong. You don't always need to buy new things just for the sake of buying new things. But if you ended last year feeling colder than usual when the wind started to whip, experiencing pain in your feet on even the shortest of hikes, or dealt with equipment that didn't seem to work as well as they used to, you may want to consider investing your money on some new things. Here are a few tips on how to get started.

Go Through What You Own

Before you blindly head out to your local sports store with cash in hand, take the time to go through what is already in your closet. Keep what you want and try to sell the rest, because why not? You could use the extra money for the new items you want to get.

Test for Safety

While going through your cold-weather gear, be sure to check all equipment for damage or worn parts. Test your flashlights and head lamps, make sure your tent and other safety equipment has all the required pieces, and try on your jackets, boots, gloves, and hats to make sure everything fits and is still insulated. You don't want to be caught in a compromising position while out in the elements because you skipped this step. 

Decide on Activities

It's great if you are feeling a little more adventurous this year and want to try new activities, but do your research first! Find out exactly what you will be needing to participate in the activity safely and check your inventory at home. If you need to buy new items for what you want to do, take the time to shop around. Read reviews, talk to experts, ask friends ... get as much information as you can so you can head outdoors, have fun, and stay safe!

Keep Your Car Stocked

Last of all, keep your car stocked with emergency supplies. An extra blanket, some non-perishable food and bottles of water, jumper cables, a first-aid kit, and some simple tools should definitely be on your list. Also, don't forget to bring along a cell phone charger for the car! It may be the one thing that saves the day.

Staying Safe While Having Fun

Making sure that your outdoor gear fits and that your equipment is fully functional is a necessity before you head out the door for your adventure. It's the best way to ensure both your safety and fun! 

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Sunset Hills, Mo.

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