Having to wear extra layers– Peeling off layer after layer once you get indoors where the heater is on is such a pain because I am always so aware that I will have to put them on again.
- My hands cannot stay warm. I need those little hand warmth packets that you break apart and hold for every day of the winter.
- In addition to my hands feeling like they can’t open and close, my nose constantly feels like it’s going to fall off.
- You can’t swim when the weather is cold unless you go to a stuffy indoor pool with a bunch of ladies that go to water aerobics.
- If you get wet on a boat, you stay wet on a boat.
- My electric bill goes up because the simple solution to keep cool (turning on a fan) is no longer an option.
- Getting up in the morning is so much worse when you’re cold.
- The car becomes your own personal ice box… you could put all of your groceries in it and they would keep for weeks.
- The snowbirds head south for the winter and all the sudden I am late for work every single day.
- The orange crop where I come from suffers. Poor oranges, you’re one of our only commodities!
- Tile floors become your own ice-covered road that you can’t walk on without a pair of thermal socks.
- Suddenly, your space for adventure becomes limited to anywhere indoors because the cold is too much to bear.
- Winter clothes are more expensive, more boring and I basically resort to wearing jeans. 24-7.
- One word: tights.
- It’s so hard to dress for work in the winter time because slacks don’t cut it but they are the only acceptable form of dress clothing to wear in a professional setting.
- My glasses fog up when I go out to walk the dog… It’s a hazard; I could be killed by on-coming traffic.
- If you get sick, you stay sick because the cold weather keeps you down and out.
- Everyone else loves winter so all the winter and cold weather haters are left with only half of their friends to be cynical with.
- The days seem shorter because it is pitch black by 5 p.m.
- The cold, icy morning dew turns to slosh by the afternoon and makes it so much
With winter just around the corner here in sunny, water-surrounded Florida, H2O-loving women need to be aware of some warm-up tips when wading. According to the Southeast Climate Center, Florida winters can range from 39 degrees in Tallahassee to a mild 65 degrees in Key West. Although winters in Florida aren’t as harsh as states even just to the north, they are enough to dry up feminine-soft skin and chap lip-sticked mouths.
But winter provides hazards on even more dangerous levels, such as colder water temperatures and a larger likelihood of experiencing cold weather complications. Hypothermia, a condition in which core temperature drops below what is necessary to maintain a functioning metabolism, poses a threat particularly in a peninsula state where boating, fishing and swimming are acceptable at any time of the year.
Fear not, ladies! Women’s Health Magazine has done the research through the vice present and instructor for Mountain Shepherd Wilderness Survival School in Catawba, Virginia for what to do in a situation in which hypothermia may ensue.
Below is a list of four important things to remember during these winter months:
Fetal position- If you find yourself keeping afloat with a bright orange life jacket but tired of paddling, make sure to grab on to your knees and bring all your extremities to the center of your body heat, your chest. Doing this during your “swim breaks” will prevent loss of heat.
Snuggle up- In addition to keeping each other company, you’re in luck if you find yourself stuck in cold water with a friend. Huddling together is an even better way to retain warmth in a cold situation than balling up alone.
Warm hands, warmer heart- On land, after being doused and exposing yourself to cold air (even if it’s Key West and 65!) can induce a drop in core temperature. To prevent this from happening, jam your hands between your legs or in your armpits where warmth is less likely to run out. Keeping fingers heated will help your body feel warmer.
Get some seat heat- Even if you don’t have a stadium seat pad, it is important to put something dry and, preferably, warmer between your tush and the ground. Leaves, bark, or dry clothing work well.
Weathering the weather this winter season should be a cinch but if you find yourself in a not so hot position, the above tips will help you get through it.