Saturday, January 25, 2020

Safely Walking on Icy Surfaces

As I walk in cold climates where icy streets are the norm, I’m always
observing how people walk on slippery surfaces. Many people break
their shoulder, arm, wrist or hip when falling on a slick sidewalk.
There are some things you can do to reduce the risk of falling.

Here are a few:

Don’t walk with your hands in your pockets. Instead, keep your
arms by your side.

Take small steps and keep your weight forward, on the front of your foot,
rather than leaning back or putting your weight on the back of your foot

Look for parallel surfaces, such as sand, grass, snow or even gravel, that
are not slippery and that you can safely navigate to your destination.

When stepping off a curb, do so cautiously, placing your foot straight down,
rather than taking a big step far from the curb, which can place you off balance.

When walking down outdoor steps, especially steep, long ones that are
found at many outdoor metro stations, always hold the rail.

    Wear shoes or boots that have great traction. I’ve written about a company that sells shoes and boots with tiny cleats, such as Ice Bug.
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    Sunday, January 19, 2020

    Gear Review: Comfortable Cross-Trainers

    Unlike most people, I'm no fan of sneakers because they don't allow my feet to breath. So, I always worked around my disdain for sneakers by either wearing sandals or boots of some sort. But sometimes you just need a cross trainer type shoe that's breathable. I'm now in love with the Torrent Pro manufactured by Chaco. While I adore Chaco's sandals, I haven't had a lot of experience with their shoes. I wanted something that was breathable, lightweight, comfortable, provided plenty of room in the toe box, offered good traction on wet surfaces, didn't require lacing, and, of course, looked good with jeans or black leggings. These shoes completely fit the bill. They come in a selection of colors from the bold (orange) to the very tame (black) along with other neutral colors.

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    Saturday, January 11, 2020

    Photos: Bahamas - Long Island

    In the Bahamas Out Islands, Long Island is for travelers who desire a low-key, laid-back environ with nothing in the way of shopping malls, water parks, mega resorts or casinos. Instead, it's all about protected coves and desolate stretches of sand. In essence, an island that appeals to nature lovers.

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