Is it safe to exercise in cold, wet weather? Only if you protect yourself first. “Just because it’s cold outside doesn’t mean you have to stop exercising outdoors,” says Jimmy D. Bowen, MD, FAAPMR, CSCS, physiatrist at Saint Francis Medical Center. “As long as you dress warmly and take other precautions, you can exercise safely all winter long.”
- Dress in layers and wear a waterproof jacket to keep your body warm and dry.
- Apply sunscreen and wear sunglasses to protect your skin and eyes from the sun.
- Avoid exercising on ice. Be aware of your surroundings and slow down if necessary, since slipping or falling could cause an injury.
- Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.
For more information, visit www.sfmc.net or call 573-331-3996.