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8 Cold and Wet Weather Training Tips
by Judy Heller, January 19, 2017

Once we have shet our snow and ice and as our cold weather prevails with rain on the way, here are 8 - Cold / Wet Weather Training Tips:


·         On a windy, cold day, always start your walk headed into or against the wind. You will quickly determine if it is too cold or windy to walk. You will have your wind to your back upon your return minimizing the chill of the wind when walking into it.  
·         Hydrate. It is as important to replace body fluids when exercising in the cold as in the heat. Although sweating is less marked in cold environments,  fluid losses through breathing during exercise in the cold can be more pronounced than in warm air.   Not only is water lost as vapor in exhaled air, but the kidneys increase urine production in the cold.
·         Layering. The best to way to dress for cold & /or wet weather walking is in layers, being careful not to over dress.
·         Torso. Clothing is best worn in several thin layers rather than a heavy coat or bulky sweater or both. Each brand has their combo of Synthetic fabrics which work well next to your skin. They keep you warm and release excess heat. Water, sweat, is ‘wicked’ to the outside and away from your skin thereby keeping you warmer. Consider adding thermal long underwear, turtlenecks,  & a nylon windbreaker.  
o   Wool and silk are natural fibers – which do you prefer?
·         Head and Hands and feet. Wear a hat and gloves  keeping your head and hands covered. Remember a significant amount of heat can be lost through the scalp. Thick or thin, single or double layer synthetic materials or wool for socks too.
·         Take advantage of using hand and feet warmers.
·         Do not wear cotton which absorbs moisture causing heat loss; and causes chaffing.

Do you have a back up plan if it is too wet or rainy? How do you manage the weather?
 
I think we all have a favorite combo of what to wear to stay warm or prevent getting completely soaked if raining. What is yours? Please share in the comments!

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