Stay Safe When Exercising in Cold Weather

Exercise has benefits all year, even during winter. But before you brave the cold, take a few extra steps to stay safe. Exposure to cold can cause health problems such as hypothermia, a dangerous drop in body temperature.

If you want to walk, ski, ice skate, shovel snow, or do other outdoor activities when it’s cold outside:

  • Check the weather forecast. If it’s very windy or cold, exercise inside with Go4Life videos on YouTube, and go out another time.

  • Also watch out for snow and icy sidewalks.

  • Warm up your muscles first. Try walking or light arm pumping before you go out.

  • Wear several layers of loose clothing. The layers will trap warm air between them.

  • Avoid tight clothing, which can keep your blood from flowing freely and lead to loss of body heat.

  • Wear a waterproof coat or jacket if it’s snowy or rainy.

  • Wear a hat, scarf, and gloves.

  • Know the signs of hypothermia.