Make a Fashion Statement — Dress Properly When Exercising Outdoors
temperatures can make outdoor exercise even more of a challenge.
However, dressing appropriately when working out in cold weather can
help prevent such injuries as overheating and hypothermia. Dressing in
three layers of clothing made of appropriate material can keep you dry,
insulated and protected against these elements.
warmly is key when working out in cold weather,” said Lori
Gerzina, an environmental protection specialist of the Colorado
Department of Public Health and Environment’s Consumer Protection
Division. “Keeping our hearts strong and healthy and our bodies
in shape year-round is very important and commendable. However,
venturing out with a T-shirt and sweats on cold days is not wise and a
good way to get hypothermia.”
Gerzina, symptoms of hypothermia include shivering, numbness, fatigue,
poor coordination, slurred speech, blueness or puffiness of the skin,
and disorientation. These conditions can be life-threatening when
coupled with wind chill.
Gerzina advises wearing three layers when dressing for winter exercise or outdoor play.
first layer should be clothing made from synthetic material that moves
perspiration away from the skin, such as polypropylene. Avoid cotton,
which can trap moisture,” she said. “The second layer
should insulate the individual from the cold — fleece, wool or
down are good choices.
third layer should protect against wind, rain and snow. Look for
water-resistant fabrics, zippered vents and mesh panels that will allow
the body to breathe,” Gerzina continued. “Jackets or pants
made from semi-porous fabrics are good choices. And, wear good gloves
and a hat. A significant amount of our body’s heat escapes from