Tips for exercising in the cold Alaskan climate

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska - Frigid winter temperatures may make people want to skip their workout and curl up in a blanket inside, but it's important not to let the weather affect an exercise plan. Mayo Clinic sports medicine specialist Dr. Sara Filmalter says there are three things to remember if when working out in the cold.

"No. 1, to check the weather because when runners or other exercisers really get into trouble is when they think it's going to be colder than it is or they think it's going to be warmer than it is. So, really, know what you're getting into," Said Filmalter

She says to also take into account the wind chill as a factor.

"My second tip is to dress in layers, again, because you can under and overdress in the winter. If you have layers, you're able to keep warm, but then shed them when you start to warm up," She said.

And make sure to keep ears, hands and noses covered.

"My third tip for exercising in the winter is to stay hydrated. A lot of times in the cold, we don't feel like we're sweating as much as we do in the summer, but underneath those layers, you really are and the clothes are just soaking it up. So don't underestimate your fluid losses, "Filmalter Added.

Filmalter suggests going inside immediately after exercising because the moisture from sweat can cause the body to cool down quickly when outside.