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Don't Cool Your Exercise Plan When Temperatures Drop

from Houston Herald

Don’t drop your exercise routine when the temperatures drop, said University of Missouri Extension nutrition and health education specialist Janet Hackert.

"You may need to modify your activities and dress, but continue to exercise," Hackert said. She quotes her MU Extension colleague, Steve Ball: "Some is better than none, more is better than some and too much is difficult to get."

Outdoor activities such walking, running, skiing, chopping wood or having a snowball fight are options, Hackert said. Be alert to temperatures and wind chill and take breaks to warm up or dry off as needed. Dress in layers and protect hands, feet, head and face.

If you can't get outside, consider walking on a treadmill or using other exercise equipment. Walk stairs, work out with a DVD or online video, or go to the gym. Malls and large stores are free, safe choices during inclement weather, but remember that browsing aisles of merchandise doesn’t count as “moderate” aerobic activity. more


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