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Recommendations for staying active in the intense cold

LA CROSSE, Wisc. (WXOW) – We all know it’s been cold these last few days, and winter is lurking right around the corner.

Local experts want to remind us we can still stay warm, and active in these cold, intense temperatures.

Many people lose motivation to stay active in the cold, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Experts at Mayo Clinic Health System recognize that we all are capable of staying warm, as long as we minimize direct skin exposure.

Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine Alecia Gende, has the key to staying warm. “I would dress in layers,” she said. “If you can have that first layer be a wick away insulative layer and then have the most external layers have windbreaking capabilities, that would be helpful as well.”

If you do find yourself in a mess, suffering from signs of frostbite or hypothermia, experts recommend gentle rewarming.

“I would first remove yourself from the cold environment, to reheat your body,” Gende said. “I would try to generate heat yourself by moving your extremities. I would do some gentle rewarming, not necessarily sticking your hand in a hot tub of water, but a lukewarm tub of water.”

Once you are prepared and have the right gear, you can really enjoy what the winter has to offer.

Mt. La Crosse General Manager Darcie Breidel and the rest of the team look at winter with open arms.

“If you’re in Wisconsin, you’re going to have winter, and you can try and choose to avoid it and just be miserable, or you can get out and have some fun in it,” Breidel said. “It really does help winter go by more quickly once you start skiing and snowboarding.”

Mt. La Crosse took advantage of these recent cold temperatures by firing up the snow machines this last week. They hope to open by Thanksgiving weekend.

They hope to give the Coulee Region a reason to get out and stay active, even in the coldest of conditions.

Warren Sears

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