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How to Protect Yourself When Exercising Outdoors in the Winter

Just because it’s cold outside doesn’t mean you have to exercise indoors. There’s nothing wrong with exercising outside during the winter months, as long as you take steps to protect yourself.

Here are some of the many things you should do:

• Know what you’re up against: Don’t assume that you can handle anything Mother Nature throws at you. Know the temperature, wind chill, and chances of precipitation before you step foot outdoors. This allows you to plan accordingly.

• Dress in layers: Not only does this keep you warm, but it allows you to take off clothes as necessary. Just make sure you don’t take off too much, even when you feel hot. You’re still outdoors!

• Stay hydrated: When you’re cold, it’s often difficult to realize that you’re becoming dehydrated. Protect against this by drinking plenty of water, just as you would when exercising on a hot summer day.

When you do these things—along with anything else that can keep you safe—you’ll feel better about your ability to protect yourself when exercising outdoors over the next few months.

Jennifer Ferdinand, owner of Serendipity Wellness Studio in Burke, VA, has been practicing massage therapy and esthetics since 2006. She is nationally certified through NCBTMB, and licensed in Virginia for both Massage Therapy and Esthetics.

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