Fall is a bittersweet time here in Vermont. We say goodbye to the warm days of summer but we look forward to what’s coming. While there isn’t any snow here (yet), the leaves are falling fast. It’s just one more beautiful season for us.
What’s more, cold weather brings the opportunity for new and fun things to do outdoors. In fact, we think there is nothing better than a brisk fall or winter walk to increase our energy, shake the winter blues and help us sleep soundly at night.
What to wear when exercising in cold weather
But you want to equip yourself to stay safe and comfy. In this video, LynnAnn Covell, our senior exercise specialist, explains how to layer correctly so you can comfortably keep up your outdoor fitness routine during colder months.
We summarize important points below the video for quick review.
- It’s important to wear a hat, which helps keep your entire body warm. Wearing a hat will prevent heat loss, so your circulatory system will have more heat to distribute to the rest of the body.
- Make sure your middle layer of clothing, such as a sweatshirt or fleece, covers you neck. Hoodies are good options.
- Look for coats, gloves and boots with Gore-Tex®, which protects against wind and precipitation, while still letting out heat and moisture to prevent overheating and chilling. Ideally, find gloves and boots with inserts.
- Ideally, gloves and boots have inserts that can be removed for easier and faster drying.
- Remember that heat escapes through the extremities, so give your feet some love. It’s not a good idea to wear cotton socks because they don’t wick away moisture and can leave your feet wet and blister-prone. Fabrics like acrylic, CoolMax®, or wool (when it’s really cold) are better options.
And keep these safety tips in mind
- Don’t forget to protect your skin with sunscreen. Just because the temps are lower, the sun is still strong, especially as it reflects off the snow.
- Sometimes it can be hard to breathe in the cold. If you find yourself having a hard time, it is time to come inside.
- Be aware of numbness or a tingling or stinging sensation in the extremities. These can be early signs of frostbite.
Most importantly, pay attention to how you feel. If you are shivering uncontrollably or your feet just won’t warm up after a few minutes, then it may be too cold to be outside. Do only what feels right.
Are you planning any fun outdoor fitness this weekend?