TOI’s TOP 5: Winter Health Tips

by TOI Admin February 3, 2016

Florida has seen snow flurries in the 2016 winter season. Although the weather conditions are not ideal for us to engage in outdoor activities, most of us still do.

To prevent injury and prepare you for your outdoor activities, we have come up with TOI’s TOP 5 Winter Health Tips to keep you and your family safe and injury free this winter.

 

 

  1. Stretch and Warm up. Muscles, tendons, and ligaments are susceptible to injury when not properly prepared for an activity. Getting good stretches and warm up routines for the winter months can help prevent injury.
  2. Wear appropriate clothing. Select the proper clothing for the activities you are doing in the winter months. It is important to wear layers when exercising in the winter. This allows you to take off layers to prevent overheating.
  3. Watch your step.  To prevent slipping always watch your step. During the winter months ground conditions can become icy and slippery, especially in the early morning or late evening hours.
  4. Drink plenty of fluids. It is just as important to stay hydrated during exercise in the winter months as the summer months.  
  5. Know the Signs of Hypothermia. The risk of hypothermia increases as the winter months arrive.

Signs of Hypothermia include:

  • Shivering
  • Slow, shallow breathing
  • Confusion and memory loss
  • Drowsiness or exhaustion
  • Slurred or mumbled speech
  • Loss of coordination
  • Slow, weak pulse

Despite the tricky weather here in Florida, make sure you follow these tips to stay healthy and safe this winter season. Spring is right around the corner! 

 

By: Scott Mollman

Source: http://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/what-is-hypothermia?page=2#3

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