Safe Winter Fitness

ThinkstockPhotos-497945524Winter weather can discourage even the most dedicated exercisers. Use these tips for beating those chilly winter days:

Listen for the weather report, especially the wind chill. The current temperature and wind, along with the amount of time you’ll be outside, are essential factors in having a safe outdoor workout.

Layer it on, from head to toe. Dress in such a way to remove layers as soon as you start to sweat and then redress as needed. First, put on a thin layer of synthetic material, which draws sweat away from your body. Next, layer fleece or wool for insulation. Top with a waterproof, breathable outer layer.

Drink your liquids. It’s important to drink plenty of fluids when exercising, whether it is in the cold weather or warm weather. Be sure to hydrate before, during, and after your workout. Get in the habit of drinking water, even if you aren’t feeling thirsty.

Keeping these tips in mind can help you safely enjoy your time outside, in spite of the winter weather.

Source: Mayo Clinic

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