Some Tips for Hitting the Ice

Here are a few tips for ice skaters:

—If you're skating on a lake, check with local authorities to be sure the ice is thick enough.

—Layer. Wearing multiple layers of clothes allows temperature adjustment.

—Take a few minutes to warm up and cool down by skating slowly or walking around the rink or lake. It takes five to 10 minutes to warm up your muscles and get your heart rate elevated.

—Stretch calves, gluteus, hamstrings and quadriceps to prevent injury and to promote flexibility and diminish soreness.

Sources: American College of Sports Medicine; U.S. Figure Skating Association.