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Cold temperatures are one thing, but whether you’re running, walking, or cycling, you should take extra care after a freeze or when exercising in the snow. Keep your eyes on the road to avoid icy patches and other cold weather hazards.

Winter’s shorter days also mean less daylight and decreased visibility. Make sure you’re wearing light colored gear. If possible, a jacket or shoes with reflective material can help make sure you’re visible to cars. If cycling is your thing, check the batteries in your bike lights and remember to turn them on if you’re exercising after dark.

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Becky Striepe

Becky Striepe is a freelance writer and vegan crafter living in Atlanta, Georgia. Her life’s mission is to make green crafting and vegan food accessible to everyone! Like this article? You can follow Becky on Twitter or find her on Facebook!


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11:41AM PDT on Mar 21, 2013

Thank you.

3:03AM PDT on Sep 15, 2011

Thank you

11:05AM PST on Jan 10, 2011

If your jogging or running where and scarf, gloves, and a jacket. When I was in track my nuckles would bleed when we ran in the cold.

6:46PM PST on Dec 28, 2010

Hard to get out there in the cold, but these tips will help. Thanks.

9:07PM PST on Dec 3, 2010

Wait.."cotton kills"..why would the article writer suggest putting cotton next to the skin. It holds moisture and keeps the body wet.

2:53AM PST on Dec 2, 2010

These are my experiences and might not work for others. I believe it is better to experiment and find out what works best for you. My skin is sensitive so I prefer cotton. But cotton does absorb moisture. For my feet, I use thin cotton socks and thicker wool socks over the cotton. Warm and comfortable. Likewise for my torso. A thin cotton shirt and thicker wool (or whatever works for you) in the outer layers. My lips get chapped if I breathe through my mouth -- when running, this is inevitable. I find petroleum jelly works a lot better than more expensive lip balm, though I know it might be less "green" -- but I am still using a jar I bought years ago! If you can do exercise (I work in my yard when it is not raining) that does not require breathing through your mouth, it is much easier on your body to breathe cold air through your nose, which is equipped to warm and moisten air before it reaches your lungs. The point of layering is to avoid getting so warm you sweat and get clothing wet. If you take off clothing as you warm up, you can minimize sweating. If you do get your clothing wet, you should get into a warmer place quickly when you are done exercising. After running, I like to walk a while to cool off. But it is not good to let your body get too cold after exercising.

11:11AM PST on Dec 1, 2010

Hi Becky you've mentioned cotton or organic cotton but, sadly ... that one doesn't work for cold weather, try fleece, yes... cheap , warm and it REALLY keeps the moist away from your body. I am a hiker and cotton it's very good for hot temperatures because your sweat keeps you fresh but not for cold or freezing temperatures. Sunscreen or sunblock 24/7, a good hat or beanie, sunglasses (please protect your eyes) drink water, smart layering is a great idea and also bring energy foods with ya...... have a smart work out ....

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