241222 Tips for exercising in cold weather
You can exercise outdoors in the winter, but take a few extra steps to stay safe before braving the cold. Exposure to cold can cause health problems such as hypothermia, a dangerous drop in body temperature.
If you want to walk, ski, ice skate, shovel show, or do other outdoor activities when it’s cold outside:
- Check the weather forecast. If it’s very windy or cold, exercise inside with videos online and go out another time.
- Watch out for snow and icy sidewalks.
- Warm up your muscles first. Try walking or light arm pumping before you go out.
- Pick the right clothes. Wear several layers of loose clothing. The layers will trap warm air between them. Avoid tight clothing, which can keep your blood from flowing freely and lead to loss of body heat.
- Wear a waterproof coat or jacket if it’s snowy or rainy. Wear a hat, scarf, and gloves.
- Learn the signs of hypothermia.