How can I exercise safely in winter?

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Talal Khan, MD
Internal Medicine
You can exercise safely in winter by following these tips:
  • Dress the part. Wear warm, light layers, including gloves and a hat. Apply sunscreen to your face, neck and ears to protect your skin from the sun’s ultraviolet rays. When clothing becomes wet or damp during workout or outdoor activity, come in and change immediately. If you’re doing intense outdoor chores, such as shoveling snow, take your time, since these activities can cause your heart to work harder.
  • Know when it’s time to head back inside. Shivering, decreased breathing, or feeling weak, confused or drowsy are all signs your body needs a break. Head indoors immediately if you experience any of these symptoms.
  • Communicate. Always carry a fully charged cell phone with you, and let a loved one know where you’re going, in case an emergency arises.
  • Bring your workout indoors. If the weather reports mention high winds, ice or precipitation mixed with cold temperatures, forgo your outdoor workout. Plan a fun indoor workout or head to your local gym until the weather improves. Even getting a head start on spring cleaning can burn some calories.
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