Winter Walking Tips: Best Tips for Staying Safe

It’s no surprise that getting outside in the winter months becomes more challenging. Between the shorter days, the potential for bad weather, and cooler temperatures, cold weather often makes us want to curl up and stay in our warm homes, avoiding that trip outside altogether. But that’s not to say getting outside has to be a chore – staying safe and getting your steps in is still possible in the winter. 

Try these tips for getting around safely this winter to stay warm and motivated while outdoors.  

If you venture outside in the dark, don’t forget light.  

This is important! With daylight savings in full swing, walking or biking outside after the sun goes down can be a safety hazard without proper visibility. Make yourself visible to vehicles and other pedestrians by adding lights or reflectors to your bike or body. 

• Stay in well-lit areas if possible 

• Wear lightly colored or reflective clothing 

• Deck out your bike with bike lights 

Pick your best route ahead of time. 

Finding the running, walking, or biking route you wish to tackle ahead of time is helpful, especially when it’s dark out. Luckily, there are plenty of apps that can help you do this. Under Armor’s MapMyRunMapMyWalk, and MapMyRide apps are great whether you are mapping your everyday commute to work or discovering a new route for your long run days. The apps can help you plan out your distance and route ahead of time and help ensure you stay on safe and well-light streets and trails. 

Find what clothing and accessories work best for you!  

If you exercise outside often, walk, or bike to work, you likely know what your perfect winter set-up is already. Do you run hot or cold? Do you like layers or as little laying as possible? The best way to stay warm, dry, and comfortable during cold-weather exercise is to learn how to properly outfit yourself for the weather conditions and type of exercise. When you step outside to begin walking or biking, you should feel chilly, but not cold. During your workout, you want to feel warm, not hot, and sweaty. 

Don’t forget your fluids.  

Plenty of water/fluids is just as important in the cold weather as in the heat. Be sure to drink plenty of water before, during, and after your workout, even if you’re not thirsty. Dehydration happens quickly in the winter from sweating and the drying power of the stronger winds, leaving your skin parched and body dehydrated. Don’t forget your water!  

Protect your extremities.  

Wonder why your hands, feet, head, and ears get so cold in the winter? When your body gets cold, blood flow concentrates at your body’s core, leaving your extremities vulnerable to feeling cold. Depending on the temperatures, be sure to grab a hat, gloves, scarf, and thick socks before you head outdoors. Here are items you need for those outdoor adventures this season. 

We hope you stay warm and active this winter! If you have any questions, be sure to reach out to the Go West Alex team.  

Ergonomics Checklist for Your Home Office

We want you to stop what you’re doing and evaluate your level of comfort! Feeling any neck pain? Wrist pain? Achy back pain? We know it’s easy to brush off pain during your workday – after all, we know many times that your to-do list is miles long, and there is no time to waste getting comfortable! Especially when you’re working from home.
Whether you’re working from home due to COVID or you’ve been a remote worker for years, our team has you covered with a checklist for tips to put into action in your office to ensure you have an ergonomically inclined desk, because back pain and feeling uncomfortable while sitting is no fun and can actually cause your productivity and focus to suffer!
So, what exactly are ergonomics? According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, ergonomics means fitting a workspace to the end user’s needs. To put it simply, ergonomics aims to increase efficiency and productivity and reduce discomfort… aka muscle fatigue, lower back problems, neck pain, etc.

We have a checklist for you to evaluate and see if you have an ergonomically inclined workspace, whether you’re in the office or at home!

How many ergonomic tips can you check-off and/or put into action at your desk?

– Sit with your feet flat on the floor
– Ensure your knees are at about a 90-degree angle
– Ensure your hips are at about a 90-degree angle
– Keep your elbows at about a 90-degree angle when typing and using a mouse
– Raise your monitor or laptop so that your line of sight is in the top 1/3 of the screen; invest in a riser if needed
– Take breaks to stretch every hour
– Give your eyes a break from the screen when you start to feel fatigued or invest in a pair of blue light glasses

For more ergonomic tips for your office, be sure to check-out Very Well Health’s blog post.

And as always, we are here for you! Did you know that our team members are Telework Certified? Meaning our team can give you tips on setting up a home office, provide tools for setting up a telework program for your company, and much more! Be sure to reach out to us at if you have any questions regarding your commute or working from home. Thank you for staying connected with us!