If you are exercising outside in the cold weather here are a few hot tips to keep you safe!

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1. 15 degrees or lower, beware!

Really cold temperatures are hard on the body and they diminish the quality of your exercise due to potentially straining cold muscles. Anything under 15 degrees Fahrenheit is grounds to stay indoors. Safety first!

2. Seek a Solid Path
When you attempt to run on slippery icy surfaces, your gait will alter because of muscles tightening up. This could lead to others issue unwanted issues. Running on fresh snow, or even a snow-packed path can make for an enjoyable workout, but avoid slippery! We don’t need injuries!

3. Dress appropriately
Do not be toasty warm when you step outside you need to allow for your core temperature to increase once you start moving. Avoid cotton at all costs. It won’t pull the moisture away from your skin. You need the layer closest to your skin to be moisture-wicking.

4. Do a dynamic indoor warm up before you leave the house
The colder it is outside, the longer your warmup needs to be. Getting up and down your stair case is a great start followed by a series of walking lunges, literally anything to pre-warm your muscles is a must.

5. Drink Water
Just because its winter and you may not be drenched in sweat you still need to hydrate. You may not overheat but the dry air will sap moisture out of you.

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