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1/11/18 2:48 P

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All great advice, thank you!

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Today is another record cold day in the NorthEast, and many people like me just cannot stay inside. Today I have to drive 90 minutes to care for my mother. I am responsible for her care on Saturdays. Yesterday I was out in the cold as I shoveled snow. Earlier, I was out snowshoeing for exercise. I always find a reason to be outside every day!
There are 3 things that I do to stay warm:
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1. Always dress in layers. I start with a thin shell-either tights, pantyhose or longjohns on the bottom, and a long sleeve tee shirt, turtleneck or longjohns on top. I recommend the hot chili longjohns, but any of the above work out great. The second layer is going to be a flannel shirt on top and pants on the bottom. Today I'm wearing my lined jeans from L.L. Bean. Next, I wear a sweater on top. Finally, my jacket and if I'm going out to shovel or hike, I wear snow pants or at least a pair of windbreaker pants. Wear a warm hat and your hood of your coat with a scarf. If the wind blows, the scarf should cover your face. Don't forget the mittens or gloves for your hands! I also wear 2 pair of sox inside my insulated boots.
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2. Warm your core. I get on our stationary bike for 5-7 minutes and make sure that I am heated on the inside before I head out. Don't workout until you sweat.
3. Stay fed & hydrated. It takes energy to stay warm! This is not the time to cut back on eating and drinking. I have a warm cup of tea or some warm soup before I go out into the cold. I found this article on the Sumitmedicalgroup.com:
When British explorer Henry Worsley died crossing Antarctica last month, the event made front page news. Less noted was one of the causes of his death: dehydration. Dehydration is a danger to the body. But most people don’t realize the hazards it poses to the heart.

“People become dehydrated if they drink less than six eight-ounce glasses of water a day,” says William A. Tansey, III, MD, an expert in cardiovascular disease at Summit Medical Group. “With less blood volume the heart has to beat faster to keep up.”

Why is it so important to heart health that the body stay adequately hydrated? Consider these numbers. The body is 70 percent water. It is essential to health to maintain that level of water to regulate metabolism and stay healthy.
According to the website of the Human Performance Resource Center, a Department of Defense initiative: The combination of heavy clothing and high-intensity exercise can lead to increased sweating and the possibility of dehydration. You may not feel as thirsty in cold weather as in other climates because your body chemistry impairs your brain’s ability to tell you when to hydrate.”
www.summitmedicalgroup.com/news/living-wel
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In my experience, dressing in layers, warming your core before heading out, and staying hydrated are essential ways of staying warm out in the below 0 cold. Also, use your head! Know your limits, and don't push beyond those limits.



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