Winter fitness: Safety tips for exercising outdoors
Dressing in layers, protecting your hands and feet, and paying attention to the forecast can help you stay safe and warm while exercising outdoors in cold weather.
Frigid temperatures can discourage even the most motivated exercisers. Without motivation, it’s easy to pack away your workout gear for the winter. But you don’t have to let cold weather spell the end of your fitness routine. Try these tips for exercising during cold weather to stay fit, motivated and warm.
Stay safe during cold-weather exercise
Exercise is safe for almost everyone, even in cold weather. But if you have certain conditions, such as asthma, heart problems or Raynaud’s disease, check with your doctor first to review any special precautions you need based on your condition or your medications.
The following tips can help you stay safe and warm while exercising in the cold.
• Check weather conditions and wind chill
• Know the signs of frostbite and hypothermia
• Dress in layers
• Protect your head, hands, feet and ears
• Don’t forget safety gear — and sunscreen
• Drink plenty of fluids
Putting it all together for cold-weather safety
These tips can help you safely and enjoyably exercise when temperatures drop. Closely monitor how your body feels during cold-weather exercise to help prevent injuries such as frostbite.
Consider shortening your outdoor workout or skipping it altogether during weather extremes, and know when to head home and warm up. Also, be sure to let someone know your exercise route and your expected return time, in case something does go wrong.
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