Health Watch - Winter Fun: Clothing

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While cold winter weather makes staying inside where it’s warm tempting, there are a lot of fun things to do outside in wintertime. This week on Health Watch, we’ll talk about winter fun outdoors and what you need to do so you can enjoy winter safely.

Proper clothing is key to being comfortable in cold or wet weather. Dr. Peter Snell, an exercise physiologist at UT Southwestern Medical Center and an Olympic gold medalist, says you need an outer layer to protect you from the wind chill and an inner layer that wicks moisture away from your body and keeps heat from building up as your body temperature rises from activity. New, high-tech fabrics make it possible to dress in layers without too much bulk.

While you may feel cold when you first go outside, if you’re involved in vigorous activity, you’ll warm up quickly and may not even notice the cold – that is, unless someone puts a snowball down your back.     

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January 2011


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