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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 drops—just 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.

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