7 tips for exercising in cold weather

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1. Talk to your doctor

Exercising in cold weather is safe for almost everyone, but there are certain health conditions that can be exasperated by exposure to cold weather. As with any exercise programme, consult your physician before taking your workout outdoors.

2. Plan ahead for the weather

It's important to check the weather conditions ahead of time and plan accordingly. Before heading out, make sure to also check the hourly weather report to see if conditions are expected to change while you are out.

3. Understand frostbite

Frostbite is an injury to the body that is caused by freezing and is most common on exposed skin, such as your cheeks, nose and ears. It can also occur on hands and feet. Early warning signs include numbness, loss of feeling or a stinging sensation. The risk of frostbite is less than 5% when the air temperature is above 5°F (minus 15°C), but the risk rises as the wind chill falls. At wind chill levels below minus 18°F (minus 28°C), frostbite can occur on exposed skin in 30 minutes or less.

4. Know when to take it indoors

If the temperature dips below 0°F (minus 18°C) or the wind chill is extreme, consider taking a break or choosing an indoor exercise instead and consider putting off your workout if it's raining or snowing unless you have waterproof gear.