EXTENSION CONNECTION: Stay healthy while exercising in cold weather

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

●Cover your mouth to warm the air before you breathe it, and wear a scarf or mask. Do this especially if breathing cold air causes chest pain or you are prone to upper respiratory problems.

●Stay dry. Clothing that is wet — whether from perspiration or precipitation — significantly increases loss of body heat.

●Keep your feet dry. Use fabric that will wick perspiration away from the skin. Polypropylene, wool or other fabrics that wick moisture away from the skin and retain insulating properties keep the body warm when wet.

●Stay hydrated. Dehydration affects your body’s ability to regulate body heat and increases the risk of frostbite. Fluids, especially water, are as important in cold weather as in the heat.

Thank you, Whitney Cherry, Calhoun County 4-H youth development agent, and the “Northwest District Volunteering in the Panhandle” newsletter for this information.

Haley Worley is an agent at the Okaloosa County Extension office in Crestview.

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