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Exercising outside in the cold weather safely precautions

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Quincy, IL (WGEM)-- Lots of people like to run outside year round. But is it still ok to exercise outside when our highs are only in the teens?

I spoke with certified athletic trainer Brian Pahlmann today and he says to dress in layers, that way you can shed clothing if you start to get too hot. Also, protect your hands and feet.

He says the biggest thing is to know your limits. Such as how long you can withstand the cold and what level of exercise you are used to.

"Air passages do tighten up, they restrict a little bit. It can cause asthma like symptoms. And also you'll get more mucus because they get irritated so a lot of people have to take Kleenex with them when they go for long workouts in the cold," said Brian Pahlmann, a Certified Athletic Trainer.

Pahlman says he recommends not stretching before your work out in the cold. It makes you weaker because your muscles can't produce as much force. But be sure to stretch your tight muscles when you're done.

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