Health Tip: Exercising in Cold Weather

-- Most people can exercise comfortably in cold weather, assuming they bundle up. The prime concern is preventing hypothermia -- the loss of too much body heat.

The American Council on Exercise offers these suggestions for exercising safely in the cold:

  • Wear layers of clothing that you can peel away as you warm up.
  • Keep your head, hands and feet warm with a hat, gloves and socks.
  • Always check the weather before heading out. Don't exercise outdoors in dangerous conditions.
  • Avoid cotton or tightly woven clothing, which may retain moisture next to the skin.
  • If it's very cold, wear a scarf or mask to cover your nose and mouth.

Posted: October 2012


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