By Kate Harrison/ReutersBy the end of January, the U.S. has already logged the hottest December on record, with the nation currently experiencing its second-coldest January on record.
While it is a good time to be alive in the U: temperatures have been dropping in many parts of the country, and the average temperature in the Midwest has been dropping for two straight months.
But while winter can be a wonderful time of year for outdoor enthusiasts, many winter sports and other activities can still be stressful, with many athletes, coaches, and parents facing the threat of injury in the cold.
For some athletes, winter sports can even feel like they are in hibernation, especially when the cold snaps are taking a toll.
In the winter, you don’t get to do much on the ice.
But that doesn’t mean winter sports aren’t important, said Ben G. Taylor, who is an athletic trainer at Sports Performance Training in Fort Worth, Texas.
The sport is very important in terms of the training and the conditioning that you do in the off season.
The cold can also be stressful for kids.
Taylor said there are kids in his program who are already struggling with ice skates, but when it comes to sports, there is always a lot of pressure and excitement to get that ice skating done.
“It’s just about staying active, staying healthy, and doing all the other things that kids need to be doing when they’re on the field and in the rink,” Taylor said.
“That’s what you really need to have in the back of your mind as you’re doing your workouts and your physical training,” he added.
When it comes down to it, there are certain activities that are best done during winter months, Taylor said, but there are also things you can do during the cold weather that aren’t as common during the winter.
For example, the weather can be cold and snowy, but if you have a good blanket, a few layers of warm clothing, and a headlamp, it’s a lot less stressful to do all of those things in the snow.
When the temperature drops and it’s still warm, Taylor recommends you wear a hat and gloves.
Even when it’s too cold to go outside, the warm weather can provide you with a good amount of insulation, he said.
If you’re on a snowshoeing trip, you can use your gloves for some traction, but don’t wear gloves during snowshoes.
“The glove works better than the glove if you’re using it for snowshoers,” Taylor added.
The other thing that can make winter activities more stressful is when the temperature falls, which can lead to the freezing of your extremities.
Taylor suggested wearing gloves when hiking, snowshoing, or skiing.
In addition, he suggests having a hat in your backpack or on your person if you are outside for extended periods of time.
The best thing you can try is wearing a warm jacket with a little bit of padding and insulation.
That way, if you do get cold, it doesn’t get too warm and you can just lay in the warm clothes and stay warm.
When you are out there, you should wear layers that have some protection, Taylor recommended.
A hat, gloves, a helmet, and earplugs are all good things to have.
He also recommends wearing some extra layers of clothing in the middle of the day to protect your neck and shoulders.
“You can’t go outside in the morning and just put on your hat and socks and not be worried about your temperature,” he said, adding that if you feel cold, just keep wearing your jacket and continue your workout.
The colder the weather gets, the more important it is to get out there and have fun and enjoy the outdoors.
It’s important to be out there every day and be safe, Taylor added, noting that there are so many ways to enjoy the outdoor season.