Fitness & Nutrition

Winter Outdoor Sports and Safety: What You Need to Know

January 10, 2022

Part of staying healthy is remaining active, even when the weather is uncooperative. That’s why you’ll find so many Hoosiers enjoying outdoor sports this winter, even during snowy or icy conditions. When it comes to safety, winter elements can pose a safety risk, so it’s best to take precautions and follow safety guidelines.

What are the risks?

Favorite outdoor winter sports include cross country skiing, skating, snowboarding, snowmobiling, skiing, sledding, and even hiking. Although great for getting fresh air, keeping the body active and maintaining mental wellness, those sports also come with risks. Ice and snow mean that any activity involving slippery equipment could result in a head injury, sprains, or even a broken limb. Depending on your age and fitness level, such injuries could be dangerous. Furthermore, not dressing appropriately will leave you either too hot or too cold, both of which can be harmful. Lastly, people often forget to hydrate—water is vitally important, even in the cold—and may become dehydrated or worse.

Stay safe when the weather gets tricky

There are lots of ways you can keep both yourself and your family safe from common injuries associated with winter sports. Whether you plan to strap on your ice skates for the first time in a decade or are a pro when it comes to skiing, take the following precautions to maintain your physical health all winter long.

Engaging in winter sports will help keep you healthy during the slower and lazier months of winter. Remembering our guidelines before venturing out into the cold will help make your health and safety possible.