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Winter Edition: Outdoor Fitness Tips

Well, it’s January, and you know what they say: New Year, New You! In a world where nearly everyone makes some kind of resolution to kick off the year, it’s not surprising that many folks choose to focus on their health and wellbeing. If you’re looking to get more into fitness, the amount of info out there can be overwhelming. Williamson Forward has some tips for ways to get fit while enjoying the many outdoor activities that this area has to offer.

First things first, no matter what season it is, you need to make sure that what you’re wearing is temperature and weather appropriate. Obviously, in the summer, this means staying as cool as possible, but in the winter, this means staying warm. Layers are key to this, including a sweat-wicking layer closest to the skin to keep you dry. Even when it’s cold, your body temp rises when you’re on the move, so layers that are easy to take on and off are key.

Remember to top things off with a waterproof layer if it is snowing or raining. Getting wet is the first step to getting too cold in the wintertime. Don’t forget the little things, either! Wear gloves, a hat, and thick socks to make sure you stay warm from head to toe!

If you’re looking to get healthy outdoors but don’t want to do it alone, the Tug Valley Road Runners Club is an open group that encourages folks of all experience levels to join in their regular group runs and Tuesday Night Track night. Otherwise, there are plenty of locations in the area that are good for those looking to walk or run. The flood wall near the Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College-Williamson Campus is always a favorite place for folks to walk or run. Check here for a WF article on local’s favorite spots.

Stay safe and warm out there as you maintain or improve your health!

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