Winter Workout Precautions 2
When working out in the winter, and you feel that you need to be outside to do it, there are a few symptoms or early warning signs of hypothermia that you need to be aware of. Here are the early warning signs that you are developing hypothermia, and if you see any of these seven warning signs, it’s time to go back inside. Don’t wait you develop several or even all of the early symptoms of hypothermia, and if you experience any of them, you need to go inside to warm up immediately.
- Loss of coordination (hand-eye coordination)
- Confusion and an inability to process information
- Weakness and Fatigue
- Slowed breathing.
- Reduced heart rate
- Uncontrolled shivering
There are several things that you can do in order to prevent hypothermia from setting in, and there are several things that you can do to stay safe in the case that you begin developing hypothermia as well. Here are some of the safety precautions that you should take.
- Always dress right for the winter and for exercising outdoors. The best thing you can do is to wear many layers that will trap your body heat inside. Also be sure to wear clothing that is wind proof, and that will keep the moisture outside as well.
- Always stay close to your home, therefore, if anything happens, or you begin to feel the effects of extreme cold, you can just go back home and warm up. If you are too far away from home, attempting to return to your house might be useless if you have already started developing hypothermia.
- Always carry a mobile phone with you, so if something happens or you begin to develop hypothermia, you can call for help.
- Never go anywhere in the wintertime without letting other people know where you are. In case of an emergency your family or friends can help you, so let them know where you are going and how long you plan to be gone for.
These are all great safety precautions and tips that you can follow to stay safe while exercising outside. However, no matter how many precautions you take, and how well prepared you are, there is always the chance of getting hypothermia if the conditions are too extreme. If these conditions are present outside, then you should consider staying indoors for the day.
- Extremely Cold Temperatures – There is always a certain level of temperature that is simply too much for the human body to bear no matter how well prepared you are. Be sure to read your local weather forecast, and if it is far too cold, as in double digit negative degrees, then you need to consider staying inside.
- Cold with High Winds – The wind will sap your body heat far quicker than the cold alone, and high winds combined with extreme cold is a recipe for disaster. The wind makes it far harder for your body to generate the heat needed to stay warm.
- Cold and Rain – Being wet is very dangerous in the cold because it increases your chances of getting hypothermia drastically. If it is raining and also very cold, then you need to consider staying inside, or at least wear clothing that is waterproof.
Exercising can and will help you stay healthy, however this should not be at the cost of your immediate health, especially if it means developing hypothermia. Your outdoor exercise routine should not cost you more than it benefits you, and if it’s far to cold outside, or if the conditions are just too extreme, then you need to stay inside. You can always get a piece of cardio equipment, a set of weights, or even do some weight free exercising too; turn on some music or even your favorite movie if that suits you.
If you follow the tips and safety precautions outlined here, you should be just fine while doing your winter workouts, but remember, if the conditions are too extreme, then you need to stay inside.