How to stay warm in winter
As the temps dip below freezing, suddenly staying indoors seems more inviting than going for a run or suiting up for a day of sledding. But just because the thermometer dropped, doesn't mean you have to miss all the fun. Follow these tips, so you can brave the chill without turning into a ice pop.
Layer Up for Outdoor Exercise.
Three layers on your upper body is the ideal number when it comes to picking out clothes for winter:
- Start with a moisture-wicking base layer. This draws sweat away from your skin and helps regulate your body temperature (synthetic fabrics are ideal for this, including some sports fabrics containing wool-just look for wicking claims on the hangtags when you shop).
- Add a warm mid-layer (wool or synthetic fleece) for insulation.
- Then, especially if it's raining or snowing, add a windproof top layer (a waterproof shell), which will keep you dry and also allow excess heat to escape.
Now you're ready to get involved with some winter activities!
Don't Forget Your Head, Hands and Feet.
In cold temperatures, your blood flow is concentrated to your body's core. This leaves your hands and feet vulnerable to chills.
Invest in Gloves and Socks Made from a Wicking Fabric.
This will keep hands and feet dry, as well as hold in heat. Buy a pair of wind blocking mittens for especially cold days, and top it off with a hat that covers your ears.
Be Sure Snow Gear is Waterproof.
This is especially true for kids, who'll spend most of their day in direct contact with it. A fill like down will get soaked when wet, and when that happens, you get cold.
Helpful tip: Invest in snow gear. Buy coats and snow pants with waterproof shells. Also, invest in some snow-proof gloves or mittens.
Winter weather gear-especially waterproof fabric-doesn't need to be washed after every wear, unless it gets really dirty (or your little one didn't make it to the potty in time). When you do launder, use Tide Plus Febreze Sport Active Fresh Liquid, which will remove dirt and sweat. Dry your laundry according to the fabric label.
Don't Forget to Hydrate and Protect Yourself From the Sun.
You may not feel as thirsty during the colder months as you do in summer, but whether you're jogging ten miles solo or taking the kids sledding, make sure you drink water regularly to avoid dehydration. Stick to room temperature H2O and carry an insulated water bottle. And don't pass up on sunscreen, snow reflects the sun's rays, making you susceptible to burns even if you feel cold.