Don't let cold temperatures or rain deter you from your walking routine this fall and winter. Take the following weather-related precautions, and a change in the weather won't tempt you to skip your workout.
If you're new to exercise, be sure to check with your doctor before beginning a new program.
Dress in layers that can be removed easily as you warm up. Clothing should be made from fabrics that wick moisture away from the body. Even when it is wet, wool stays warm, but cotton, if it gets wet, will stay wet and can lead to hypothermia. Start with long underwear or tights and a turtleneck. Add a sweater, windproof jacket, windproof and weatherproof pants, a warm hat and gloves. If it is really cold, wear a scarf or knit mask to cover your face and mouth.
Don't walk after drinking alcohol. Beer, wine, and spirits dilate your blood vessels, making you lose heat more quickly.