Many people choose the beach as their vacation destination while others travel to places where it is cold.
When the body is exposed to cold temperatures, it begins to lose heat faster than it can produce it, using stored energy. This is how hypothermia can occur, which affects the brain and motor skills. While this is most common in very cold places, if the person’s clothes get wet from the rain or their own sweat, or if they are immersed in cold water, hypothermia can also occur in areas that are not as cold with temperatures above 40°F (4.44°C).
So before becoming exposed to cold wind, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers the following recommendations:
- Use a hat, scarf or ski mask to cover your mouth.
- Dress in several layers of clothes. For your innermost layer, try to make sure these clothes are made from wool, silk or polypropylene in order to keep in the heat. For your outermost layer, try to use a tight-knit fabric that preferably is wind resistant.
- Make sure your sleeves fit tight around your wrist.
- Cold temperatures make your heart work harder. If you have a heart disease or high blood pressure, consult with your doctor.
Keep in mind
Shivering is one of the first signs that your body is losing heat. If your shivering is continuous, it is time to go back indoors.