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Published On: Mon, Sep 14th, 2015

Toasty Tips For Keeping Warm This Winter

No one wants summer to be over, but the truth is that we are past Labor Day and it’s time to get ready for cooler weather. Winter can be a great season if you keep warm and find plenty of fun things to do.

2015 opened with a spike in deaths due to hypothermia, and with increasingly unpredictable storms coming every winter, it is best to be prepared. People who live alone, the elderly, the very young, and the disabled are at the highest risk.

These tips will give you some ideas of how to keep yourself (and the people you care about) warm this winter season.

Keep Active

If you find yourself outdoors with no easy way to warm up, keep moving your arms and legs. This will keep your circulation flowing and prevent hypothermia. If you are trying to warm up a small child or an older person, it might be hard to get them moving, especially once the cold begins to make them tired.

The key is to find a balance between staying in motion and conserving energy. Keep walking, and never lie down when you are in snow, especially if snow is actively falling.

baby in warmerNourish Yourself

This is a great tip whether you are going on a long winter hike or just hitting the slopes for some sledding. Cold burns energy quickly, so be sure to eat a warm meal before going out.

Here is a great tip from people who are definitely cold more often than you – Freezer workers are trained to concentrate on carbohydrates and fats in their meals to maintain energy and keep their body temperature normal.

Bundle Up

This is a tricky one. Many people get this wrong and end up like the little brother from A Christmas Story, with their arms sticking out at their sides. The key to wrapping up in winter is not more layers, but good choices of fabric.

The bottom layer of fabric should wick moisture away from your body. You can wear as many layers as you want – if the layer on your skin is soaked with sweat, you’ll end up freezing no matter what. Merino, silk, and synthetic drying fabrics will do this best.

Next you will want to insulate. Something to lock heat in, like goose down or thick fleece, is best for the middle layer – think of what kind of blanket you’d want on a freezing night.

The final layer should protect you from the elements. Wind and water can cut through even a warm coat, so your last layer should be something lightweight and wind-proof to keep the warmth inside.

Dashing Through The Snow

Follow these tips and you are sure to stay toasty warm this winter! Winter makes travel difficult, and sometimes power or phone lines go down, so make a point to check on any older relatives or isolated people you know in the event of a storm – you could end up saving a life.

Guest Author: Lolita Di

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