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Safe Exercise in Cold Weather

Frostbite, Hypothermia, Pneumonia...many do not think of themselves at high risk for any of those medical conditions.

But as temperatures plummet during the winter months, the possibility of succumbing to them increases.

For those die-hard exercisers, temperatures dipping below freezing doesn't faze them.

But experts say there are safety precautions that anyone who wants to brave the cold should follow.

Wear plenty of layers when heading outside. That way, they can be peeled off as body temperature increases.

Also, pay close attention to what goes on your feet. Wear socks that insulate feet. 

And while looking at the outside temperature does some good, pay closer attention to the wind chill and the direction from which it's coming. The wind chill can make all the difference in whether or not you step outside.

And when heading outside to run on a windy day, run into the wind at the beginning of your workout.  That way, you will take longer to warm up; therefore decreasing the risk of hypothermia or frostbite.

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