Why Are Penguins So Good At Walking On Ice?

Roma Panganiban

With fire, there's one ubiquitous phrase to take care of it all: Stop, drop and roll. But when it comes to the other side of the extreme-elements spectrum, the latest advice for ice is "walk like a penguin."

Why? Because it's wise to waddle on ice. Waddling will help you avoid creating an oblique angle with your legs, which often leads to a nasty fall. Keep in mind, it doesn't always work—not even for penguins.

Tablet Infographics—an illustration and design company that says it's "dedicated to visualizing the things that are difficult to explain" —put together a graphic to show how shifting body weight on ice will decrease the chances of taking a frosty fall. According to the graphic, when a person normally walks on ice, the way he or she forces each leg to support body weight is not perpendicular to the surface of the ice. To avoid taking a tumble, keep your center of gravity over your front leg. Go ahead, try the penguin shuffle.