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11 ways to be warmer while outside this winter

Winter has swept into the state of Maine with gusto this year, with temperatures dipping into the single digits before we even get to Christmas. With all this cold weather we’ve been having, it can be a bit of a challenge to enjoy the outdoors, but it’s not impossible. If you bundle up right and keep moving, it can be perfectly comfortable outside.

The following are a few way to stay warmer while snowshoeing, skiing, skating or whatever else you like to do outdoors during the winter:

1. Drink water.

While it may seem counterproductive to pour cold water down your throat to stay warm, it actually works. Staying hydrated is key for good blood circulation, and it’s your blood moving through your body that keeps you warm.

2. Try mittens.

If you’ve always been a glove wearer, try wearing mittens. Mittens are usually warmer than gloves because they allow you to keep your fingers together, sharing body heat, rather than separating your fingers and insulating them individually. Also, mittens have more room for hand warmer packets.

3. Wear thick socks and foot warmers in your boots.

Usually it’s a the feet that suffer the most during super cold days. Don’t underestimate the power of big wool socks.

The Fiddlehead Focus / St. John Valley Times is pleased to feature content from our sister company, Bangor Daily News. To read the rest of “11 ways to be warmer while outside this winter,” an article by contributing Bangor Daily News staff writer Aislinn Sarnacki, please follow this link to the BDN online.

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