Whether you’re an avid runner, a weekend cyclist or just a daily dog walker, there are some important considerations to keep in mind when heading outdoors in the cold. Let’s take a look at 5 important tips to keep you safe regardless of your cold weather pursuits.

1. Layer up

Rather than wear bulky clothing it’s better to wear a series of layered garments. This allows air to be trapped in between each layer for insulation. It also helps sweat wick away from the body without getting your outer layers wet. In addition, layers give you the flexibility to vent or remove garments if you’re over heated, unlike bulky jackets.

2. Stay hydrated

When you work up a sweat on a hot summer day, the need for water becomes very apparent. In the colder months however, it’s easy to forget to rehydrate. Just because the air temperature is colder does not mean you shouldn’t be drinking water regularly.

3. Be seen

The daylight hours grow short in the cold months, so it’s important to be clearly visible in the evening hours. Wearing brightly colored clothing or a reflective sport vest is a great way to ensure motorists can see you at a safe distance.

4. Protect yourself

Cold weather can make many parts of your body vulnerable to injury. Wearing gloves, wool socks or knit hats can keep you warm while cutting down on the potential of windburn. Sunglasses are also helpful for daytime activities where sunlight may be reflected off snowy or icy surfaces.

5. Be mindful of wet clothing

It’s important to stay as dry as possible when outdoors in the cold. If you’re outside in the snow or rain, or if you’ve worked up some serious sweat it’s important to get out of your wet clothing as soon as possible. Prolonged exposure to cold while wearing wet clothing can result in hypothermia.