Winter is just around the corner, and your mind may be turning to all of the things you can do outside. For some people, winter sports are far more enjoyable than sports played under the hot summer sun. If you count yourself among the people who are fairly sedentary, as far as athletics and exercise, during the warm-weather months, you’ve got to prepare for the slopes before you hit them.
If you toss your snowboard in the backseat or strap your skis to the roof and don’t take the time to prepare your body, you could be asking for an injury that you would rather not deal with. While some accidents can’t be avoided, those caused by poor conditioning certainly can. Here are some tips for getting yourself ready for enjoying the winter snow in the North Carolina mountains or wherever else you may be headed.
1. Get Fit
You don’t want to strap on your skis without at least first getting yourself somewhat in shape. Start walking, running or any activity that will get you moving. You don’t have to knock yourself out, but you may need to get a bit more fit than you are right now. You want to enjoy yourself on the slopes and getting more fit before your trip may help you enjoy it even more.
2. Get the Right Equipment
Don’t rely on last year’s equipment if you haven’t gotten it out, inspected it and tried it on. Make sure that your cold-weather gear still fits and is in good repair. If you don’t want to spend more money on new equipment, you may be able to rent it at your destination.
3. Sun Protection
You may wear sunscreen at all times in the summer and then relax with it a bit in the winter. The truth is that sunscreen is just as important on the slopes as it is on the beach. In fact, with the sun reflecting off the snow, you could be at an even greater risk of getting burned. Look for a sunscreen that is made to be worn during activity so you don’t have to reapply it as often.
4. Dress in Layers
Be prepared for whatever the weather throws at you by dressing in several light layers. If you get too hot, you can take a layer off. If you get cold again, you can put what you’ve taken off back on. Dressing in layers allows you to remain comfortable no matter the temperature outside.
5. Get Eye Protection
Just like sunscreen, good sunglasses aren’t just for summer. The sun bouncing off of the snow can be harmful to your eyes, as can the wind and blowing snow. Buy yourself a good pair of sunglasses or tinted goggles. You’ll want to protect your eyes when you are flying downhill.
Before you head to the slopes this winter, make sure you’re prepared. Don’t plan on getting in shape on the slopes, you will only be setting yourself up for injury.
If you are injured in North Carolina or elsewhere while traveling to the slopes, reach out to our office. We will review the details of your injury and advise you of how we may be able to help. You may be entitled to compensation for medical bills and more. Stay warm and safe!