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Wendy Bumgardner

Too Cold to Walk?

By December 10, 2013

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Hoar Frost on Oregon Grape BushThe temperature yesterday morning in my neck of the woods was in single digits. What is your temperature limit for outdoors walking? For me, it is at the freezing mark, or slightly below if there is no wind or ice. I can layer my clothing and stay comfortable down to 30F. But below that, I'd rather walk inside.

For indoors walking, you can use a treadmill. Or, this time of year, enjoy walking at the mall before the stores open and then get in some holiday shopping before the main crowds arrive. I like to enjoy the decorations without having to dodge too many shoppers.

What's your temperature limit for outdoors walking? 60F? 20F? Are you the abominable snowman?
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December 10, 2009 at 12:39 pm
(1) Diane says:

My cell phone said it was 14 this morning. Because I have a dog, I walked. On top, I wore 3 layers of fleece with a rain jacket over the top, hat, scarf, gloves. Corduroy pants with long underwear. Two pairs of socks.

The walk was shorter because it took so much time to get dressed!

December 10, 2009 at 12:52 pm
(2) Anneli says:

I agree with Diane! -10C = 14F is my limit. But often the wind is worse than the temperature itself.

December 10, 2009 at 12:55 pm
(3) alaskalady says:

I guess I am part snowman, I live is Alaska. I walk to around 10 above to 10 below zero, possibly colder depending on the length of our below zero weather. The key is dressing in layers of a mixture of merino wool, fleece and a good shell and the need to be outside. My favorite winter walking temps are around 15 to 25 above zero because it is not bitter cold and the packed trails are firm enough to walk on.

December 13, 2009 at 5:06 pm
(4) Snow Day says:

If there isn’t a wind I can go out into the cold. This week it was mid-twenties during the day so I still headed outside. Sometimes it motivates me to walk faster. I find I can face the cold a little better if I have a destination so sometimes I head for the drugstore up on Main St. which is a 1 1/2 mile walk round trip, plus the walking I do in the store.

December 18, 2009 at 1:12 am
(5) Gerry says:

I’ve even learned to enjoy walking in the comfort of my own home. I tend to walk in the basement and with my pedometer keeping track of the kilometrers, on really cold days…but we are also not far from an indoor track at a local high school that is nearly 1/4 mile around. But as long as the weather is reasonably nice to walk in, I will choose to use the outdoors.

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