How to Exercise in the Cold Outdoors Properly, Safely (NBC33 VIDEO)

By Eric DeFreeuw - NBC33

December 19, 2013 Updated Dec 19, 2013 at 7:14 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (NBC33) – Freezing cold temperatures won't keep the fitness die-hards from pounding the pavement, but everyone needs to be aware as these cold temperatures can take a toll on your work out and your body.

The best way to protect yourself is to bundle up.

Medical experts warn that colder temperatures force your body to work harder to keep you warm, so it may be best to cut your usual run distance a little short. Instead of running your usual two miles for example, running one or one and a half may prove sufficient.

Another thing - always be aware of snow or ice on your running path.

"The other thing that's fun about running outside is that it is a little bit snowy and you get to enjoy the weather,” says Dr. Tom Gutwein, Emergency Department Director at Parkview Regional Medical Center. “That's the same thing that's dangerous though, because those patches of snow can lead to ice. It can just be a split second and you can fall, twist your ankle or something like that. That's typically where we'll see most runners get injured when they're outside - or people that are exercising outside - from falling."

Dr. Gutwein also reminds joggers to maintain proper hydration. Just because you don't feel or see it, your body is still sweating and needs to be adequately replenished.

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