EXTENSION CONNECTION: Stay healthy while exercising in cold weather

Published: Thursday, October 17, 2013 at 10:31 AM.

Although we live in the Sunshine State, we still deal with several days of cold weather.

When it’s cold, it can be hard for children and their parents to get a full hour of daily physical activity recommended by health officials. If families do venture out into the cold to exercise, they must dress appropriately to prevent too much heat loss.

Here are a few tips to stay safe:

●Check the weather and wind conditions before going out. Do not exercise outdoors if weather conditions are unsafe.

●Dress in layers so your body has necessary insulation and you can remove the layers when your body temperature rises. If you move steadily, your body will start generating heat, your body temperature will rise and you will sweat. By layering clothes, you can change the amount of insulation needed.

Avoid heavy cotton sweats or tightly woven material that can absorb and retain water. These materials cannot provide a layer of dry air near the skin, and they can increase the amount of heat your body loses as you exercise, making you feel colder.

●Cover your head while exercising in the cold. Heat loss from the head and neck may be as much as 50 percent of the total heat being lost by your body.

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