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Advice to walk like a penguin was bound to bring cold comfort

Health advice is given with good intentions, but telling older people to walk like penguins during the big freeze was never going to go down well, says Jane Bates

Health advice is given with good intentions, but telling older people to walk like penguins during the big freeze was never going to go down well, says Jane Bates

I was on leave in the week of the big freeze, and it left me feeling frustrated. Travel disruption, the cancellation of a much-anticipated jolly with some old nursing friends and the postponement of a big charity event we had been planning for months – all on account of the weather.

But the greatest disappointment of all was that no one I knew took up the latest health advice to walk like a penguin. To avoid broken hips and wrists, we were told, older folk should think Antarctic – arms out to the side, feet flat on the ground and a rolling waddle.

I tried it myself, but as no one flung

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