Winter can have a detrimental effect on the weather, with bitter cold temperatures, icy winds, and the occasional bits of snowfall. Ensuring that you are warm is a necessity, and means that you can venture out. No matter how frightful the weather is, you will be able to head out and enjoy yourself, and even play sport!
Using these tips, you can stay warm over the winter months, and fight the cold. A few years back I visited a town so far north it was within the arctic circle. Using these tips, I was able to enjoy myself.
Wear gloves and hats
It might seem obvious, but wearing a hat and gloves can protect you from the cold. Unfortunately, it is not true that 70% of your body heat is lost through your head as the head only makes up 10% of the body. Without covering your head, it is the only place where heat can escape. So, keeping all your skin covered and protected from the cold is vital.
Dress in layers
I use this tip every time I play gold in winter. The number of layers that you’re going to be wearing will help you keep you warm. As a rule of thumb stick to three, a base layer, a mid-layer and an outer layer. Sticking to three layers you will ensure that you stay warm, and dry in the winter months.
Base layer: is usually a layer of clothes that is worn next to your skin. This can include thermals that are extremely fitted. A base layer will keep you extremely warm and dry. Base layers work by releasing the excess sweat into the fibres of your base layer. The base layer then draws the moisture away from your ski where it is evaporated. This process ensures that the body maintains optimum body temperature so that you stay cool and dry.
Mid layer: is a layer of clothing that keeps the heat in and the cold away. This can consist of a fleece, a sweater and some hoodies.
The outer layer: this is the clothing that keeps you dry and can include jacket or trousers. The layer should be waterproof and breathable. When I play gold I sometimes opt for jackets with underarm vents. Function18 have a range of suitable sportswear if you’re looking for golf clothing.
The more active you are the more your body generates heat. If you are standing still for some time try moving your hands and toes so that your blood can circulate. I once was a steward at a festival in the alps, during this time we would have long periods in the cold. So, we would keep moving, regardless if it was jumping up and down or running on the spot.
Hot and cold showers
Before you leave the house try having a hot and quick cold shower. Hot showers will warm you up, but a cold shower will improve your blood circulation between your skin and organs. Cold showers can also help improve your immune system. Check this article for more information about cold showers.
Thanks for reading!