Exercise safely in winter

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The winter's shorter days and cold temperatures make it difficult to stay active.
Weather plays a big role in determining activity levels among children and adults. Although it is harder to stay active in the winter season it is still important for Nova Scotians to get their exercise.
More than half of Nova Scotians reported getting less than 15 minutes per day of moderate exercise. All individuals need to be active are warm clothes and the outdoors.
When participating in outdoor activities people should remember to exercise safely. You should pay close attention to ice safety, sun safety, cold temperatures and dehydration. Children should be supervised when playing and should wear a helmet when skiing, skating, and sledding.
The doctors of Nova Scotia encourage everyone to get out and be active during the winter season. For a list of fun outdoor activities, including tips on how to make your own ice rink, visit the Take the Roof Off Winter website, www.taketheroofoffwinter.ca.
Don Pugsley, MD
Doctors Nova Scotia

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