Tips for winter walks

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1. Overview


When winter takes root, many people prefer to stay indoors to heat than to go outside, but the lack of physical activity can increase the risk of heart disease and triggering excessive increase in weight.

Outdoor walks are beneficial in all seasons, even winter.

Below you will find some tips on how to maintain good health and physically fit during the winter, and how to make outdoors walks in cold weather more pleasant.


Contents

1. Overview
2. Maintaining body heat
4. Heating before walking in the cold
5. Recommendations for winter walks
6. Frostbite
7. Protection measures


2. Maintaining body heat

Maintaining body heat is very important and should be kept in mind that no matter how cold the weather is, we must conserve body heat. To avoid perspiration is recommended to use several layers of clothes.

For the layer that comes in direct contact with the skin you may choose materials that will send moisture to outer garments (silk or polypropylene) and avoid cotton because this is very absorbent.

For the next layer you should use warm clothing materials, but through which penetrates the air, such as wool or fleece. Finally use materials through which the wind does not penetrate, which are waterproof and will keep the heat generated inside the body.

Equally important are gloves, scarf or neck scarf, warm socks, shoes through which the water does not penetrate, but also a hat or hood. The head should be covered because here is lost at a lot of body heat.


4. Heating before walking in the cold

With about 5-10 minutes before going out in the cold, it is recommended to do light exercise such as walking in place, jumping or gymnastics, which can help keep fit, flexibility and warming joints and muscles that can contract once a person goes out in cold air.


5. Recommendations for winter walks

Even during winter, it is important to have a bottle of water and drink from it often because the body loses fluids through sweat.

Equally important is sun protection, because sunlight reflected from snow or ice can burn the skin. On the portions covered with ice it is recommended that the knees be flexed a little more than normal and to go slowly with small steps to avoid slipping.

Finally, if the idea of walking outdoors is unpleasant, walking on the treadmill, inside, might be an option.


6. Frostbite

If the temperature outside is below freezing point will pay attention to specific symptoms of frostbite. For this purpose it is recommended to use a small mirror with which it will check if there are portions of gray or white skin on the face, ears or neck. Once these symptoms occur, you must go inside to heat.


7. Protection measures

Make sure you have at hand a light source, especially early morning or late evening. If you have to walk on the street, always walk in the opposite direction of traffic, pay attention to crossing intersections or at any time when traffic intensifies.

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