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Tips for Exercising in Cold Weather...

Thursday, December 09, 2010

We all know that exercise is important for staying healthy. And that's easy to do when the weather is nice. But how about those cold winter months?

You can work out safely when the temperature dropsójust exercise some caution.

Cold air has been known to trigger asthma attacks and chest pain in some people. But the asthma may be more from the dry air than from the cold itself.

Two things to keep in mind when you're out in the cold:

Hypothermia can occur when your body's wet and your core temperature drops too low.

Frostbite can set in if your skin is exposed to frigid temperatures for too long.

So, use common sense:

Don't overdress.

You should really wear layers, with a synthetic one close to your body that keeps moisture away.

And don't forget to keep your head warm with a hat, and try wrapping a scarf around your nose and mouth to warm the air you're breathing.

And even though you may feel less thirsty in the winter, keep drinking fluids because you can still get dehydrated.

If the temperature is just too cold, or icy ground just makes it unsafe to go running, just stay inside and think back to the days you were in gym class.


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
JENNY712 10/14/2011 8:01AM

    emoticon advice! Jenny emoticon

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BEEBEE75 12/11/2010 11:36AM

    I, at times, do the same thing that Judi does. Go to a large store and walk, the first time don't get side tracked with looking at the merchandise, just walk. Then do it again if you want to shop. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SILVERJUDI 12/10/2010 2:08PM

    I have a humongous supermarket nearby. In nasty weather I just walk the aisles (with enthusiasm), then take a cart, and walk the aisles again.
Then I shop. I'm so done in, I don't mind if I have to wait in line.

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JAZZIELORI 12/10/2010 11:56AM

    Great tips especially for this time of year!!

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RAINBOWFALLS 12/10/2010 8:26AM

    Great tips

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PHYL220 12/9/2010 9:47PM

    Great blog! emoticon for sharing! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PANIK257 12/9/2010 6:24PM

    Thank you!

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PATTYKLAVER 12/9/2010 5:59PM

    Thanks for the advice!

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WORKTHEGOAL 12/9/2010 4:51PM

    All good advice and I'm right at the last stage of your blog. Too icy to go out!

M x

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WALKEROFDOGS 12/9/2010 4:35PM

    so true, I work out in the elements all year long. You are so right about layers and staying hydrated. good tips . thanks so much. emoticon

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KNITTABLES 12/9/2010 4:11PM

    Thanks for the great tips. I need to wear rain gear when I go out. Stay safe.

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