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Dress for cold weather

If you plan to be active outdoors, wear clothes that fit well and keep you warm and dry. For protection, it's best to wear:

  • A warm hat. If it's very cold, you also may want to wear covering for your face, such as a scarf.
  • Layers of clothing to keep you warm. Wear waterproof outer layers to keep you dry.
  • Clothing made of wool or polypropylene. These will keep you from losing body heat even if the fabric gets wet. Don't wear cotton.
  • Wool socks and waterproof shoes. Socks and shoes should fit closely but not too tight.
  • Mittens rather than gloves. This way, your fingers are together so you can roll them into a fist for warmth.

Be safe

Check with your doctor before you start a new activity if:

  • You have heart problems or other health issues.
  • You have not been active in a long time.

Be sure to stop and call your doctor if you have chest pain or feel dizzy during any physical activity. If you have breathing problems like asthma or COPD, ask your doctor before being active in cold weather.

To stay safe, try to do your walking and other activities when it's light out. Use your lunch break, or do family activities when the kids get out of school. If it's dark out, walk with a partner.

Be careful not to slip on wet or icy ground. You can buy "grippers" for your shoes to help keep you from slipping. Avoid outdoor activity in extreme cold, and take the windchill into account.

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WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

Last Updated: September 26, 2013
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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