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To stay safe during the winter months, it is important to recognize signs of illnesses related to frigid temperatures. When the body loses too much heat, causing your core temperature to fall far below the normal 98.6, hypothermia may occur.

To help prevent it, stay hydrated, make sure you dress appropriately and listen to your body for possible symptoms. Be aware that it doesn’t take freezing temperatures for hypothermia to occur. If not adequately dressed for conditions, especially when combined with dampness and wind chill, hypothermia is possible with temperatures as high as 50 degrees. And cold temperatures make people less likely to be physically active. If you find yourself losing motivation, here are some tips:

• Remember exercise is as critical to your emotional health as it is to your physical health.

• Seek out a fitness program that piques your interests.

• Pace yourself. Heart attacks are particularly common in sedentary men and women who engage in sudden exercise such as shoveling snow, or jump into an exercise routine after many months of inactivity.

• If you experience pain, excess sweating, shortness of breath, nausea, and/or lightheadedness, stop immediately and seek medical attention.