Staying Warm in the Cold Weather
Just because it’s cold doesn’t mean you need to remain indoors. Choosing the correct clothing will allow you to get outdoors, battle the cold and remain fit.
THE KEY TO STAYING WARM OUTDOORS: LAYERS
"Heavy clothes are not recommended because they cause one to sweat too profusely," explains Dr. Charles Johnson, president of the National Medical Association.
Several layers of light clothing are best, and synthetic fibers are even better. When possible, choose synthetic fibers over natural fabrics such as cotton and wool. Synthetic fibers are are better at pushing perspiration away from the skin, and damp clothes will cause the body to get cold 25 percent faster than dry clothes.
COVER THE HEAD AND PROTECT THE LUNGS
Most of the body's heat escapes through the head, so keeping the head covered is the best way to keep the entire body warm. A knit cap will do the trick, but remember that, just like with clothes, a synthetic material will keep the head dryer that cotton or wool.
Also, a ski mask that covers the mouth—but still provides easy air flow—will warm the frigid winter air and prevent the achiness that occurs when cold air gets into the lungs.
DON’T FORGET THE FEET
If you will be jogging, walking, or otherwise playing in wet or snowy conditions, be smart when selecting footwear. It is extremely important to wear water resistant footgear when walking or jogging in wet or snowy conditions.
BE AWARE OF THE DARK
Because it gets darker a lot earlier in winter, reflective clothing is a smart safety precaution as well.