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Health Tip: Gear Up for Cold-Weather Exercise

(HealthDay News) -- Exercising during the chilly winter months can keep you physically and emotionally healthier. But it's important to prepare for the changes in temperature.

The Texas Heart Institute suggests these cold-weather exercise guidelines:

  • Gradually train and prepare for cold-weather activities.

  • When exercising outdoors, dress in layers that you can remove and that pull sweat away from your body.

  • Wear extra-warm socks, and protect your hands with gloves.

  • Protect your head and neck with a hat or headband and scarf.

  • Wear glasses or goggles to protect eyes, reflective gear if outside at night and always protect yourself with sunscreen during the day.

  • If traveling to a higher altitude, give yourself a few days to adjust before exercising.

  • Drink plenty of fluids, avoid alcohol and familiarize yourself with symptoms of hypothermia and frostbite.