GRAND FORKS, N.D., Nov. 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- It's hard to argue with the fact that winters seem to have started earlier, ended later and become harsher over the past few years. For many people this means long days indoors, waiting for conditions to improve before venturing outside. Unfortunately, without fresh air, exercise and social interaction, both physical and psychological health can suffer. Here are some tips for spending time outside more safely during the coldest, iciest months of the year.
Dress In Layers
This classic strategy has been serving skiers for many years. First comes a wicking layer. This layer's job is to draw moisture away from the body so it can evaporate. Long underwear are the most common example. Next is an insulating layer that is worn to keep body heat in and the cold out. Flexible, breathable fabrics should be chosen. Finally, an outer shell should be worn that not only stops the wind but also fits comfortably.
Protect Your Head And Hands
Frostbite can damage ears, noses, fingers and feet. Cold climate residents should choose headwear and gloves that don't just look good but actually protect from the cold. Gloves are available that protect your fingers without being bulky. Finally, warm socks and practical footwear are musts.
Get A Grip
One of the most challenging aspects of winter weather is ice. Luckily, a unique product called a traction aid offers extra grip for walking, and it does so by attaching to virtually any pair of shoes.
One of the hottest brands of traction aids is called Due North®, an apt name because they are manufactured and tested where winter hangs on for six months at a time. Due North® traction aids feature tungsten carbide spikes, which are ten times stronger than steel and provide a tremendous advantage for those seeking traction on ice. In addition, Due North® traction aids are made with a unique rubber compound that remains flexible even in sub-zero temperatures.
Best of all, traction aids are easy to put on and take off, and their low profile doesn't obscure the good looks of fashionable footwear. They work perfectly with sneakers, running shoes and men's dress shoes. You can learn more about Due North® traction aids online at surefoot.net.
Staying active is an important part of staying healthy! By gearing up the right way, everyone can enjoy the outdoors all year round.
SOURCE Sure Foot