Winter is Coming: Don’t Let the Frostbite Get YOU!
Working out outdoors during winter brings on its unique set of challenges. The cold isn’t just an unpleasant sensation – it’s an actual physical danger! That’s right DANGER! Before you decide to make that 5mi jog in that snowstorm, make sure you’re prepared first. Here are a few tips that will help make your winter exercise plans safe.
Know the Signs of Frostbite
Read up a bit on frostbite before you head out into the winter cold. One of the dangers of frostbite is that it doesn’t “hurt” the same way a normal wound does, but can easily cause as much damage.
It usually begins as a numb feeling or a peculiar sense of stinging. If you suddenly can’t feel a part of your body, get indoors immediately and gently warm up your body again. Visit [sk_button color=”000066″ target=”_” href=”http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/frostbite/basics/symptoms/CON-20034608″] The Mayo Clinic[/sk_button] for more information.
Bring a Cell Phone with You
It’s hard to believe people go anywhere without a cell phones these days, but it’s especially important to have a way to contact someone for help when you’re working out in that frosty weather. Many people prefer to leave their cell phones at home when they work out. Unfortunately, in winter that just isn’t safe.
It could be frostbite, it could be a snowstorm, you could get lost or you could even find another jogger who’s having trouble. Having a cell phone could save your life or someone else’s life.
Check the Weather Forecast
In winter, it’s extremely dangerous to go outside without checking the weather. It’s not just snowstorms that you’re looking out for. If it suddenly starts to rain, the rain will easily soak through all your clothes, chilling you to the bone. By the time you get back to your house, you’ll feel frozen and may need medical attention.Yikes! Strong winds can also go right through your clothing, draining body heat. If it’s coupled with snow, you have a recipe for disaster.
Check your weather forecast before you leave the house!
People often mistakenly think that just because it’s winter, they’re not going to get sunburned. It’s in fact easier to get sunburned in the snow than on the beach.
Wear Appropriate Clothing
Wear clothing that’s warm and waterproof. Cover all areas of your body, including the head area and your hands. Don’t be afraid to layer multiple gloves. Also wear goggles to keep the cold and the snow away from your eyes.
Working out in the cold poses its own unique challenges and dangers. Exercise with caution and always think of safety first. Thousands of people every year exercise outdoors safely, and if you follow these tips you’ll be one of them!
You may be thinking with all the trouble of getting dressed for the winter weather, is it really worth it? Let us know how you feel when you climb to the top of a mountain with nothing but sparkling white snow beneath you.