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It’s Cold Out….What do I wear??


1) Dress to Control Body Heat.

Movement (work or play) produces heat. The body controls both the inside and outside body temperature by releasing heat through the skin. When our body temperature reaches a certain level, we begin to sweat, which helps cool us down. However, the body cannot regulate temperatures without a little help – mainly from the type and amount of clothing we wear. Clothing choices should always be based on the activity you?re performing, as well as the temperature conditions you?ll be in.

Cold Weather: Dress in layers. To absorb sweat, wear a layer of cotton or cotton-blend clothing directly over your skin. Remove layers, as needed, throughout the activity. Also, wear a hat to prevent body heat from being released through your scalp.

2) Fabric

Cotton-blend fabrics absorb moisture better than 100 percent artificial fibers. By absorbing sweat, fabrics help control your body temperature and prevent rashes or irritations.

Avoid Non-Porous Clothing (Plastic)

A common misconception is that wearing non-porous or plastic clothing will help a person lose weight faster. While non-porous clothing could make you sweat more and burn more calories, non-porous clothing actually traps body heat – increasing chances for heat stress or heat exhaustion.

3) Comfort – Loose, But Not Baggy

Your clothing for normal exercise and/or work activities should give your body plenty of room to breathe. Clothing that restricts movement also restricts blood flow. This reduces the efficiency of your body?s natural cooling system, and increases chances of muscle cramping and pain during physical activity. However, clothing worn for physical activity should not be baggy either. Baggy clothing can present a safety hazard – especially around equipment.

4) Clothing as Protection from Injury

Pants and sleeves can help reduce the number of cuts and scrapes you may receive in the course of any activity.


1) Sturdy Work Shoes for Working Activities

Sturdy work shoes protect your feet in two ways:
a) They give your feet protection against both falling objects and objects you may bump into.
b) They provide support for your feet throughout the day.

2) Good Support
Good support in any type of shoe will prevent fatigue in your feet and ankles, and decrease the likelihood of injury. Arch supports and she cushioning are especially good for people who spend a lot of time on their feet. The best protection for most working activities is an all-leather well-built work shoe worn with two layers of socks – one thin sock layer and one thick. Well-built shoes provide support and protection while socks offer extra cushioning and help prevent blisters by absorbing moisture.

3) Non-slip Soles
Non-slip soles, as their name implies, prevent slips and falls.

4) Break in New Work Shoes Before Activity
Break in a new pair of work shoes before wearing them to work or for other extended activities. Good, sturdy work shoes actually require less breaking in because they?re often padded and cushioned in those areas that generally create discomfort. By easing into wearing new work shoes an hour at a time, you?ll avoid painful blisters and calluses that may stay with your for weeks.
Suggestion: Wear new boots or shoes around the house 2-3 days before wearing them to work.

5) Good Repair
Good repair simply means ?in good shape.? To see if your footwear is in good repair, ask yourself these questions:
a) Are the soles worn on one side?
b) Are the heels worn?
c) Do the shoes still have tread?
d) Are the seams splitting?
e) Are the shoelaces threadbare, or ready to break?

These conditions can change the stability of your foot in the shoe – making your foot and ankle vulnerable to injury. Many of these conditions can be prevented by a trip to your local shoe repair shop.