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.
made of wool or polypropylene. These will keep you from
losing body heat even if the fabric gets wet. Don't wear
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.
Check with your doctor
before you start a new activity if:
You have heart problems or other health
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
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.
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.