You’ve made your New Year’s resolution to get in shape, and you’re willing to work out . . . but come on! It’s cold out there! Here are some tips to make exercising in cold weather safe and comfortable:
- Dress in layers so that you can help regulate your body temperature by removing outer layers as you warm up.
- The clothing closest to your skin should be made of fibers that keep moisture away, like many microfibers.
- Select socks that keep moisture away from your skin, too, to keep feet dry despite sweating, snow and slush.
- Remember to protect your extremities by covering your ears, fingers and other vulnerable body parts.
- Drink plenty of fluids. The cold weather does not reduce the body’s need for fluids as it exercises.
- Do a good stretching program before and after exercising. Your body will tighten up more in the cold weather, which could lead to injuries.
- Try to warm up inside briefly before venturing outside.
- Recognize the danger signs of frostbite. If smaller extremities appear yellowish and waxy, burn or feel numb, it is time to go back inside. If you experience these symptoms, do not rub the extremities. Instead immerse them in warm, not hot, water.
- Breathing cold air can trigger asthma or asthmatic symptoms in some people. If you have a history of this, check with your doctor before beginning any exercise program. However, you do not have to have asthma to experience these symptoms. You may be particularly susceptible if you have recently had a cold or upper respiratory infection. If you experience a tightening in the chest or wheezing, go back indoors, preferably somewhere with humidified air. If the symptoms continue, contact your doctor
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