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Staying Safe and Healthy With Winter Sports

By Donna Stark

It's one thing to watch someone skilled at a sport doing what they do best and yet another thing to try to do it all on your own. And that couldn't be truer than with winter sports. Yes, careening down the mountain on a snowboard or spinning in circles on your ice skates looks like a lot of fun, but it can be very dangerous if you aren't being careful enough or if you don't know what you are doing. Fortunately, it's easy to take the risk of injury out of your good time by using the following safety strategies.

Learn the Sport Slowly

If you are new to the sport and still need to learn the basics, go slowly! It's hard enough to learn something new when conditions are ideal, but now, you are adding in some rough winter conditions. There isn't going to be a soft spot of grass to fall onto or a warm sun to hug your body. You are going to land on snow and ice, and that never feels good! So don't be embarrassed about your lack of skill. Take your time and build it up the proper way. 

Wear Appropriate Clothing

Even if you work up a sweat and feel warm enough to discard some of your clothing, be careful! You could be setting yourself up for a dangerous situation to occur, especially if you get wet and the temperatures drop. To reduce the risk of frostbite, always try to stay covered up and dry as much as possible. Wear moisture-wicking clothing, keep those gloves on, protect your head, face, and ears, and don't forget about your feet! Wear socks that are thick enough to keep your toes warm!

Stay Hydrated

It's easy to remember all the rules about proper hydration when you are hot and sweaty during the summer, but did you know those rules still apply during the winter? Whether you feel like it is necessary or not, proper hydration during the colder months is key to good health. That's why it is so important to pay attention to how much you are drinking throughout the day and to be sure to carry enough water around with you at all times.

Staying Safe and Healthy

Staying safe and healthy while having fun with your favorite sports is simple to do during the winter. Just be sure to pay attention to your limitations, head out fully prepared for the weather, and drink the recommended amount of water. Now, go on ... head outdoors and enjoy yourself!

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