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Though walking to and from work may seem impossible during the cold winter months, there are plenty of ways to ensure that walking and other outdoor exercise can be safe and pleasant all year round.
First, it is important to check the weather and the wind chill before going outside. While this may seem obvious, you should be aware of the conditions you are headed into before starting outdoor exercise, especially if rain or snow is coming, which can make activity riskier.
Also, your clothing choice can make or break exercising outdoors. You want to wear layers that can be removed if you start to sweat and put back on if you get cold. Which layers to wear will vary based on body type an exercise intensity, so experiment to find what works best for you! Covering your head, ears, hands, and feet will also make you much more comfortable. Blood flow gets concentrated in the core when its cold, leaving extremities more vulnerable to decreasing temperatures. Hats, gloves, and warm socks are your friends!
Lastly, make sure you stay hydrated! Dehydration is harder to detect in the winter than the summer, so it is important to be conscious of fluid intake before, during, and after your exercise.
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