Unless you've been out of state on business for the last several weeks you are well aware that winter is upon us now in Connecticut. Therefore it is prudent that we review some safety tips to get you through this most horrible of seasons in one piece.
Avoid using a snow blower. Those gas-guzzlers pollute the environment with fumes and sound. Instead, invest in a few sturdy shovels and, if done properly, you can have yourself a good workout. But you must follow some simple rules: bend your legs and lift with the legs. Do NOT lift with your back; it causes a lot of strain. You may look silly and feel awkward but hey, your neighbors have already formed an opinion of you after seeing you wearing those running tights. (Don we now our gay apparel!) For big storms, shovel periodically so it isn't an overwhelming amount at the end. Be sure to take frequent breaks and keep a good rhythm to the shoveling. Maintaining a good heart is key as is alternating shoveling from right and left sides.
Going sledding? If you must pull that lazy kid back up the hill then I have a very important tip for you. Do NOT angle your feet when walking up hill to get better traction. Go up straight with your toes pointed in. Otherwise your knees are twisted and this over-rotation can lead to tendonitis. Trust me on this one - I made the mistake a few years ago and paid the price.
Running on bad conditions? Invest in some good trail shoes. I use mine for the snow and slush conditions. The extra grip of trail shoes works well when footing is iffy. But for the ice your best bet is to fashion some screw shoes. Take an older pair of running shoes and follow these instructions.
Also, when running during or immediately after a snowstorm I advise wearing bright colors (red, orange, etc.) to contrast with the white background so drivers can see you more clearly. Be extra alert of drivers as they may slide on the bad road conditions. Don't take safety for granted. Always yield to snow plows. Give plow drivers plenty of room to do their work. And don't try to win a game of "chicken", ok? You'll lose to a snow plow every time.
Thinking of your health? Be sure to drink hot cocoa instead of hot chocolate. The former is full of antioxidants while the latter is full of sugar. Done properly, your spouse should have it waiting for you when you come inside from a rigorous shoveling session.
Lastly, I can't warn you enough about protecting your ears and brain by avoiding The Chipmunks song and" Feliz Navidad" this holiday season. They are easily the two most annoying songs to be wrought upon human beings.