Written by Lindsey Burnworth
Last updated on January 25, 2013 @ 7:39PM
Created on January 25, 2013 @ 5:41PM
With all of that winter weather hitting our area, many of us will be shoveling a lot of snow, or maybe enjoying it, if you're lucky. However, if you're not used to the cold, it could be dangerous.
According to doctors you need to stay dry and warm, and even limit your time outside when the weather is cold and snowy.
The problem is, when you spend so much time outside, you might not realize how much physical activity you're actually doing. That's because when you're cold, your body reacts differently, and if you're not used to it, you might not know when your body's had enough.
There's a few things you can do to stay safe when you're outside. First, limit your time in the cold. Head inside after about a half hour, so your body can warm up.
If you're shoveling snow, take it easy. Doctors said there's an increased risk of a heart attack when you're shoveling. So, only do as much as your body will let you, and monitor your heart rate. If it gets too high, stop shoveling immediately, and go inside.
"Honestly, if you are not used to that kind of activity, then it's best to try to get someone else to do it. We actually see an increased risk of heart attacks because of the snow shoveling. If you do have to do it yourself, then really watch your heart rate, watch how you feel as far as physical exertion," said Dr. Sara Chua, a St. Joseph's Physician.
Doctors also said when you're getting ready to go outside, dress in several layers of clothes with water and wind proof materials.
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