Thursday, January 19, 2012

Winter Is for You. Really!

Junonia is headquartered in Minnesota, the land of four seasons.  We like to think we know a little bit about winter -- and how to love it.

Some tips for loving winter wherever you are:

  • It’s beautiful.  Sun glinting, birds you can see in the trees, animal tracks in the snow, stars shining in the crisp air. Enjoy it all.
  • It’s not as cold as you might think.  A temperature between 10-30 degrees Fahrenheit is perfect for being outside.  It’s cold enough to keep everything frozen and warm enough to stay outside for hours.
  • Watch the wind.  There’s a reason they report the wind chill factor!  Always head out into the wind, and return with the wind comfortably at your back.  And check out the wind-chill factor and believe it!
  • Head, hands and feet.  Keep them warm with great insulation, and you’ll stay cozy. 
  • Layer for comfort. You’ll be ready for anything. Start with a wicking base layer that will keep you dry even when you work up a sweat. Then add insulation that keeps a layer of warmed air next to you like warm, cozy fleece. Then top is off with a wind-breaking layer that can also be opened up to release heat when get hot!
  • Be sensible.  There are a few days when the only activity that makes sense is a book by the fire and a cup of cocoa.
  • Winter is a great time to start a walking program.  You’ll love getting outside and you won’t overheat.  Just remember to layer and watch the wind. 
  • Extend your hours even when the days are short by walking with a friend.  Walk along a shopping avenue, or head to the mall.
  • Try a new sport this winter!  Ski areas offer great beginning lessons for adults, downhill and cross country.  How about ski-joring with your dog?  And there’s always sledding with the kids and an old fashioned snowball fight.  You’ll soon find yourself looking forward to snow! 
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