With the holiday season and the start of the new year, you can count on experiencing some cold weather. However, just because the temperature starts to drop, you don’t have to put aside your outdoor workouts for the winter. Proper clothing can reduce cold weather-related risks and maintain your core body temperature.
The innermost layer of clothing you wear should be made of a material like lightweight polyester or polypropylene to take moisture away from your skin. The second layer is the insulating layer, and should be polyester fleece or wool. The outermost third layer should be rain- and wind-repellent. It should only be worn if it is raining, snowing or very windy outside, because it can trap sweat and not allow for proper evaporation.
Protect your feet
When exercising in cold weather, dry, warm feet are very important for decreasing the risk of a cold-weather injury and preventing blisters. Your socks should contain wool or synthetic fibers with moisture-wicking capability. Cotton socks keep moisture next to your skin, so you should avoid wearing them when it’s cold out.
Keep your head covered
To decrease heat loss, cover your head with a hat or helmet, depending on the type of exercise you are performing.
Cover your hands
Wear mittens instead of gloves if your outdoor activities don’t require finger dexterity. This also helps your hands retain heat.
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