This is a popular North American tradition celebrated in the United States and Canada on February 2.
It follows on from a Pennsylvania Dutch superstition that when a groundhog emerges from its burrow on this day and sees it’s shadow because of clear weather, it will return to it’s den and winter will persist for six more weeks.
But if it does not see its shadow because of cloudiness, spring will arrive early and it emerges to welcome the new season.
While the tradition is enthusiastically marked and celebrated in modern times, studies have found no consistent link between a groundhog seeing its shadow and the subsequent arrival time of spring-like weather but everyone enjoys a good story.
After the Harold Ramis film Groundhog Day starring Bill Murray was released in 1993, the phrase has come to mean something that is endlessly repeated in almost the same way each time, with little variation.
Just like life during lockdown…
Murray’s character Phil Conners gets stuck in an endless time loop.
According to Wikipedia ‘the term Groundhog Day became part of the English lexicon as a means to describe a monotonous, unpleasant, and repetitive situation’.
A bit like our restricted living patterns at the moment.
Managing the loop
So many of us are taking advantage of the restrictions to walk and run more.
That is great for our health and fitness but can mean we are engaging in the same activities on a repetitive basis and at Maidenhead Podiatry and Chiropractic Clinic we are starting to see an increase in repeat stress injuries.
Ten tips for lockdown walking and running
Take care and take your time. One of the big issues at the moment is the weather. So many people are out and about taking their permitted exercise that there is mud everywhere and it is all too easy to slip and fall.
Wear appropriate foot wear. Wellies are a tempting idea when walking in a morass of mud but they aren’t a good choice for any distance as they are not a firm fit on the foot.
Whatever you wear on your feet, make sure they fit well to avoid rubbing and blisters.
Use socks to improve fit and protect the soft skin of your feet from rubbing and blisters.
If you are wearing lace-up shoes or boots, take the time to lace them properly so that they are firm on the foot. Firm but not tight. This prevents excessive movement of the foot inside the shoe/boot reducing the risk of blisters.
Remember a well fitted and fastened shoe protects the foot especially going downhill where the toes can be forced forward cramping them into the toe-box.
Wrap your feet up to prevent them getting cold. We are seeing lots of chilblains at the moment. They are not only caused by the cold but by rapid changes in temperature so don’t toast cold feet in front of a fire when you get home.
Briefly give your feet a visual check after each walk/run looking for blisters, redness or areas of soreness.
If in doubt about any aspects of foot care, consult a professional.Get in touch with your local Podiatrist for information and advice.
Clean your footwear at the end of each walk/run while the mud is still soft and easiest to remove.
Enjoy your exercise
All these measures should allow you to enjoy your exercise without foot problems.
If you find that isn’t the case and you need professional advice then give us a call.
Maidenhead Podiatry and chiropractic Clinic offers a range of foot care services and is open during lockdown. Whether you have corns or callous, thickened nails or pain when walking – give us a call on 01628 773588.
If you would like more information or to make an appointment with one of our Podiatrists or Chiropractors give us a call on 01628 773588 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.