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Keep active in the cold!

Sunny day, freezing cold weather at the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro
Sunny day, freezing cold weather at the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro
Michael Dahlheim

We have had one of the coldest winters so far with record lows in multiple states. So what do you do to stay active when it is so cold outside? The gym memberships are skyrocketing due to New Year's Resolutions in accompaniment with the cold weather, but is a gym membership really the answer to staying in shape?

Most people gain a few, or 20, pounds over the winter months as a result of couch potato syndrome in the presents of the cold temperatures. It doesn't need to be this way! How do parents bundle up their kids on a cold day to wait for the bus stop? How do cross country skiers dress to hold back frostbite. What do mountaineers wear to protect from the windburn? Regular clothes of course! Of course layering them in a particular way and making sure a few of the clothes of some insulatory value is a good idea too.

We all know it is cold outside, but this is the best time to run around and have fun without worrying about getting so sweaty and gross. T-shirt, long johns, sweat pants, snow pants, wool socks, long sleeve shirt, insulatory layer, wind protective layer, snow mask, gloves, good boots, and maybe some ski goggle on the really cold days are all you need. Sounds like a lot, but when an hour of exercise is less than five percent of your day, how can anyone say no to braving the cold? Bundle up, run around in the snow, unzip layers if you can too warm, and stay skinny through the cold!