Safety First When Exercising Outdoor In Winter

| November 10, 2012

Winter brings out unique challenges when exercising outdoors. The coldness Is not simply unpleasant, but a physical danger. Before venturing outside, make certain you are readied and safe to do your workout. The following safety tips will make sure that you’re exercising outside safely;

Check the weather forecast first

In winter, the weather can change quickly, if it suddenly starts to rain, the rain will easily soak through all your clothes, chilling you to the bone. Strong winds can also go right through clothing, draining body heat. And when mixed with snow, it is a calamity waiting to happen. Check the weather forecast before setting out.

Know the Frostbite Signs

Read up on frostbite before you head out into the winter cold. Frostbite doesn’t “hurt” the way a typical injury does, but can cause just as much harm.

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.

Take your cell phone along

Always bring a cell phone with you when you’re working out in winter. 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. Always bring a cell phone with you.

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.

Put On Sunscreen

People sometimes make the mistake of thinking that just because it’s winter, they won’t get sunburnt. As a matter of fact it’s easier to get sunburnt in the snow than on the beach. When there is snow and sun, make sure to put on your sunscreen to protect your skin.

Exercising in the cold poses its unique challenges and dangers. Exercise in winter outdoor with caution and always take steps to be safe. Every year thousands of people work out safely – but now and then, someone does get hurt. Make sure you are not one of them by practice safety first when workout outdoor in the winter.

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