Unlike some animals, humans are not designed to hibernate, so don’t let winter be your excuse.
“We don’t want the winter to be when people stop exercising,” says James Voos, division chief of sports medicine at University Hospitals Case Medical Center and head team physician of the Cleveland Browns.
“The single act of getting out and getting your heart rate up is a benefit itself.”
Dr. Voos offers the following tips to safely keep you physically active even during the winter months.
Find a safe place to run. Cold weather can often bring icy sidewalks and narrow streets. If you’re running alongside snow drifts, and into the street, make sure drivers can see you.
Wear appropriate clothing that is brightly colored and/or has reflectors on it.
Run in shoes that are water resistant and have deeper treads to help keep feet dryer longer and help with traction while running.
If you suffer from asthma make sure you know your limits. Exercising in colder, dryer, air can be a trigger for asthma attacks.
Make sure to drink plenty of water or electrolyte fluids.
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