APH suggests walking like a penguin

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penguins dreaming sitting on a rock, mountains in the background

In a mid-Tuesday morning tweet, Algoma Public Health reminded citizens with the new snow, they should attempt to walk differently… like a Penguin.

As the saying goes, ‘Just Don’t Fall’.

Normally as we walk, we place our centre of gravity directly between our legs letting each leg support our weight equally.

The problem with this is our leg being at an angle makes us a little more likely to lose our balance.

If you walk like a penguin, arms out, knees a little bent and putting all your weight on one leg at a time it helps you from falling.

If you do happen to fall experts suggest try landing on your thigh, hip or shoulder. Falling on your hands could injure your wrists.

A tip I learned from years of curling is to try and tuck your head in if you fall backwards but also relax the rest of your body.

If you follow these steps about walking in the winter, you may look a little different but you should be much safer.

4 COMMENTS

  1. It sounds tiring to walk like a penguin. I think cleats work better. Or get boots with a flexible deeply grooved sole, not the smooth ones.

  2. Thigh/hip/shoulder are strong enough to handle the force for most people. Land on your hand wrong with the whole force of your body (or ankle for that matter) and you can break it almost off.

    Just try not to land flat on your butt/lower back, that one hurts for a good week afterward… :S

  3. “If you do happen to fall experts suggest try landing on your thigh, hip or shoulder. Falling on your hands could injure your wrists.” Ya ok. Better to injure/break a hip or shoulder than your wrists I suppose. The “experts” say so.

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