It doesn’t take much for hypothermia to set in…If the air temperatures are below 4°C (39°F) combined with wind chill an unprotected person can get hypothermia within one hour. One hour just isn’t that long! If the air temperatures are below ?7°C (20°F), then there is more chance for frostbite and hypothermia to happen.
How can we reduce the stress our bodies suffer when it is so cold outside? Here are a few suggestions to help:
- Dress with multiple layers that cover every inch of your body…well, that is just about what I do. The only think you can see is my eyeballs and if I could cover them, I WOULD!
- Drink warm fluids which would include my favorite, hot chocolate <--- seriously, those photos make me salivate
- Avoid smoking, taking drugs and drinking alcohol
- Don’t work outside alone, especially for prolonged periods
- Do your outside activities during the warmest part of the day to avoid the coldest exposure
- And my favorite tip…eat warm, high-calorie foods. <---That looked yummy didn't it?
I totally believe in the multiple layers thing and practice it daily during the cold months. Taking a look at the picture below will help you understand why people don’t recognize who I am when I walk past them in the winter…Well, if they know me, they know that I’m the girl buried under all that black fabric. Let me reassure you that I am toasty warm.
No, I do not live in the North Pole!
Who knows, I could be doing tongue tricks behind all that fabric bulk!
So be honest, do you look like the Redhead Abominable Riter or are you too “cool” like Fonzie?