Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Don't let the cold kill your stroll

Hey Divas! With most of the country experiencing cold winter and in some places brutal weather, exercise seems more appealing if done indoors or not at all.  Walking and running are still great cardio exercises, even in the cold.  Here are a few tips to help you continue on in exercising and staying fit during the winter season.

  • Remember to layer.  Wear several light layers, and be sure your first layer is made of one of the synthetic fabrics that wick away perspiration and let it evaporate. Your outer shell should be made of a breathable, wind-repellent fabric, to let the heat escape, but not let cold winter air enter. 
  • Don't forget your hat and gloves.  Body heat escapes through the body especially through the top of your head and through your hands.  Walkers need heavier gloves than runners, so please invest in a wool pair if you're strolling instead of running.
  • Pay attention to the wind chill.  Even if you are dressed properly, windchill extremes can make exercising outdoors unsafe by penetrating your clothes and removing the insulating layer of warm air that is surrounding your body, and it can make any exposed skin vulnerable to frostbite.  If the temperature is well below 0 F (-17.8 C) or the wind chill is extreme, consider taking a break by choosing an indoor activity instead.  If you choose to exercise outdoors still, use extreme caution with weather conditions.  Be safe.
  • Stay hydrated.  Drink plenty of fluids when exercising in cold weather, just as you would when exercising in hot weather.  Dehydration may be harder to notice in the cold, so drink water or sports drinks before, during and after your workout, even if you're not  thirsty. 

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