A Cold Stroll
In the summer, spring and fall, going for a walk or run is a no-brainer. After all, the weather is typically mild, and as long as you stay hydrated, it’s not too difficult to get in a pleasant walk or run. In the winter however, that can change. When the weather turns cold, there are specific aspects to consider to ensure you’re walk or run is not only safe, but also enjoyable.
Keeping that in mind, the other day when I took a walk on the Louisville Loop around the Humana Grand Allee, I kept the following tips from the Mayo Clinic in mind:
- I paid attention to the forecast, to ensure there were no wind chill warning signs. If the temperature is below zero, you may want to consider avoiding exercising outside, as the risk of frostbite increases.
- I dressed in layers, so I could take some off if I got too warm. One of the biggest mistakes when exercising in the cold is wearing too many layers, as many people underestimate the amount of heat exercising generates.
- I protected my heads, hands, feet and ears. These areas are the most vulnerable to frostbite.
- I wore sunscreen. Even in the winter, you should protect yourself from the sun.
- I drank plenty of fluids. Regardless of the season, it’s important to stay hydrated.
- I paid attention to warning signs, such as flood warnings, around the park. If you see a sign asking you to stay off a certain path or trail – don’t ignore it.
According to the Mayo Clinic, almost everyone can exercise safely during cold weather. However, the clinic recommends that if you have certain conditions, such as asthma or heart problems, its best to check with your doctor before you workout in cold weather.
Oh, and if you’re running with Fido, keep in mind that if it’s too cold for you to run unprotected, it’s likely too cold for them as well! Consider purchasing footwear for your dog to wear in cold winter weather to protect their paws.
Don’t let the cold weather deter you from exercising outdoors! As long as you take the proper precautions, there’s no need to exercise indoors all the way from December to February.
Although there may not be as much green foliage, there are still plenty of great sights to enjoy at The Parklands of Floyds Fork in the winter. So get out, and get your blood pumping!