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Old 02-03-2011, 11:50 AM
 
Location: Houston-ish
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For those of us who can't wait to play in the snow and for those who are forced into the elements, I would like to give a few tips about staying healthy this time of year.

1. Dress in layers. This will create air pockets and allow you to stay warmer. Think tee shirt, long sleeve shirt, sweater, light jacket, coat, hat, scarf, etc. Some people can take more cold than others, but please don't forget your hat. A good amount of heat is lost from the top of your head.

2. A scarf is great to avoid breathing in the cold air as well as keeping your ears warm.

3. While it is true that being exposed to the cold will not GIVE you a cold, it will significantly lower your immune system thereby exposing you to whatever virus is hanging out at your child's school or the water cooler at work.

4. Diets are great, but this not a time to skip meals. Give your immune system a boost by eating at least three meals, some healthy snacks and drink plenty of fluids.

5. Avoid alcohol as it will lower your capacity to keep warm.

6. Check on the elderly and the very young in your neighborhood.

7. Pack a bag full of non-perishable snacks and water just in case you become stuck in traffic. If you are an insulin-dependent diabetic and are likely to be in traffic, bring your insulin and a syringe with you.

8. It never hurts to have a blanket or two and extra socks in the car just in case. Go ahead and top off your antifreeze. If your locks freeze and you are in a crunch, grab your hand sanitizer gel and apply. Windshield wiper fluid may work as well.

I wish you all a safe and happy snow day!
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Old 02-03-2011, 12:11 PM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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Good tips...although the shirtless Packers fan, well lubricated with Peppermint Schnapps, may not agree w #5.
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Old 02-03-2011, 12:22 PM
 
Location: Houston-ish
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Lol... so true, Oildog!
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Old 02-03-2011, 05:27 PM
 
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Multivitamin/minerals.
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Old 02-03-2011, 08:32 PM
 
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too late for me...I got sick last year on Feb 4th. This year I got sick again over the weekend. Darn weather! Blah! However if the snow does decide to show up (It better!, thought would start by 8pm but now it seems it will be 2am) then I will bundle up and go find my "skiing gloves" to go out and play.

Enjoy!!!
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Old 02-03-2011, 08:47 PM
 
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Whoops, I already blew No. 5.

Maker's Mark sure feels nice and warm going down though.
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Old 02-03-2011, 08:50 PM
 
Location: The Greater Houston Metro Area
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Whoops, I already blew No. 5.

Maker's Mark sure feels nice and warm going down though.
or any brandy.....or cognac...
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Old 02-03-2011, 08:52 PM
 
Location: Houston
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Very important, cover the pipes, more info in video:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QhHr7LCVQRw
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Old 02-03-2011, 08:53 PM
 
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I got that youtube video earlier today...Funny 'cause it's true! LOL
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Old 02-03-2011, 09:16 PM
 
Location: Houston area, for now
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All good advice from the OP. I would add that you need to remember that you use more energy in the snow and cold and your body works harder. Sometimes you don't realize it. My buddy back home a few years ago went out and plowed the 1/4 mile drive with the tractor. He cam in turned on the TV and had a massive hart attack and passed. Literary he over did it and didn't even know it.
If your out in the snow and cold take a 5 minute break about every half hour.
Pay attention to your body and if you feel week, dizzy, start to breath hard or if you feel pain in your arm or it goes numb get medical attention asap.
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