Cold weather doesn’t have to mean giving up the freedom of exercising outdoors. When the weather turns foul, you can still continue your routine, so long as you take a few extra precautions. In the cold, follow these few tips to stay safe and warm:
1. Keep your hands, feet, and ears protected.
In cold weather, your extremities are particularly vulnerable to frostbite. You should wear gloves lined with wool or fleece, which will keep out cold winds. Wear socks made from wool, which stays warm even when wet, along with headgear that covers your ears securely. If you suspect you may be developing signs of frostbite, return indoors and warm the affected areas with lukewarm water after removing any wet clothing. See a doctor if you don’t get feeling back in the area or develop blisters.
2. Dress in layers.
Thinner layers of clothing will help trap air against your body, keeping you warmer than one heavy layer. They are also easier to remove while exercising, since you’ll undoubtedly raise your body temperature and need to cool down. Choose synthetic materials that keep moisture from sweat, rain, or snow away from your skin, along with an insulating layer and then a top waterproof one. Wool and fleece are good choices for the middle layer.
3. Watch the weather report.
If the wind chill is excessive, or the actual temperature drops below zero (Fahrenheit), it’s best to avoid outdoor exercise. Wind can be very strong and can chill the skin, making it harder for your body to keep up its core temperature.
4. Don’t get dehydrated.
Hydration is important when exercising in normal conditions, but especially at weather extremes. If you’re exercising outdoors in the cold, remember to stay warm and keep hydrated. The presence of snow and rain, along with the heavier clothing worn during the winter, makes your body work harder. Subsequently, it loses fluid faster.
Using good judgment and these tips, you can keep exercising outdoors even if the weather turns foul. Remember to take all standard precautions, with a little bit of extra care to get the best out of your exercise without hurting yourself.
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