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11/12/17 2:11 P

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Because you have a heart condition, you'd definitely need to run it by your doctor before starting any kind of plan, especially in such extreme conditions.

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11/12/17 12:26 P

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There are several concerns about exercising in cold weather and the colder the weather the more serious the concern.

It is unclear the damage you can do if you are rapidly ventilating large amounts of frigid air. Health risks increase when the combined temperature and wind chill falls below -20°F

Your lungs were not designed to breathe in large amounts of very cold air, which may also have very little moisture, and it's unclear whether you might cause some damage this way.

However, if you're looking for tips, here they are:
Dress in three or more layers:

Use a lightweight synthetic material to wick moisture away from your skin. Avoid heavy cotton materials as these absorb sweat, trapping wetness close to your body, which can increase your risk of hypothermia
Add another layer or two of wool or fleece for insulating warmth
Top it off with a lightweight, water-repellant and wind-resistant material
Always wear a hat, as you lose about 50 percent of your body heat from your uncovered head
Wear gloves to protect your fingers from frostbite. Layering thin gloves with heavier mittens is a good idea so you can remove a layer if needed without exposing your bare skin to the frigid air
Cover your face with mask or scarf when the temperature is below freezing to avoid frostbite. This can also help warm the air a bit before entering your lungs

Drink plenty of fluids. Staying properly hydrated is just as important during cold weather as during hot weather. Drink before, during and after your workout, even if you don't feel very thirsty, as dehydration may be more difficult to notice during cold weather exertion



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11/12/17 12:14 P

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Looking to gain lots of muscle this winter, but my workout room varies from -23 F to -31 F. The cold makes breathing difficult, makes too much mucous to not choke when benching, and gives me bad joint pains. I typically want to spend 30-40 minutes doing intense lifting, but with my heart condition, I am not sure if this will be even worse than intense lifting in room temperature (which I'm not supposed to do in the first place.) If anyone has any pointers or tips on how to prevent mucous and dry breathing, I will greatly appreciate it, gyms and inside workouts are not a possibility. Will it just make me so tough that Ill be able to survive grizzly attacks and star in the revenant, or will I end up in the hospital? thanks,

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