Workmansheds_OnsiteImage_Feb4Whether you are a construction worker or research assistant, working outside can be pretty tough in the winter. The wind, the rain and the elements can wear even the most hardened winter worker down in just a few hours, leaving you exhausted and diminishing your quality of work. However, working outside does not always have to be horrible. If you take the proper precautions, you can stay warm and toasty in cold weather. Here are eight ways to stay warm when you are working outside in the winter.

Wear the Proper Clothing
The most important thing you can do to stay warm is to wear the proper clothing. Make sure to wear multiple layers, using as little cotton as possible, to keep your body warm and insulated. For your first layer, wear something that will wick away sweat from your body. For your second layer of clothing, put on something that is light and warm. For your third layer, wear a waterproof coat.Keep Your Head and Feet CoveredWhen it is really cold outside, you have to keep your head and feet warm. Although the myth that we lose 40-45% of our body heat through out heads has been debunked, covering yourself up can still make you feel much warmer. Be sure to wear a stocking hat on your head and put thick socks and boots on your feet. And always bring a spare, in case you get wet.Take Breaks

If you are able to, you should take breaks and go inside every once in a while to avoid frostbite and hypothermia. Even if it is just for five minutes, going indoors can keep your body temperature from dropping too low. Additionally, this time can be used to swap out wet clothing.

Bring a Change of Clothing

It is a good idea to bring a change of clothing when you are working outside in the winter that way, if your clothes get wet, you will have some dry ones to change into.

Drink Something Hot

Drinking something hot can really help you stay warm when you are working outside. Try to sip on hot cocoa, tea or coffee at least every hour to keep your body warm.

Move Around

If you work outside, it is likely that your job is already pretty physical. However, if you have some downtime, do not stop moving around. If you just stand there, you are much more likely to stay cold. Do not hesitate to walk in place or even do jumping jacks to keep your body warm.

Don’t Forget to Wear Gloves

When it is very cold out, you do not want to forget your gloves. If you don’t wear them while it is very cold outside, your hands will get very cold and numb.

Eat Soup for Lunch

Like tea and hot cocoa, soup can really warm you up on a cold day. Make sure to eat a bowl of chicken noodle soup for lunch to warm up your body. Soup is also very filling but does not contain a lot of calories.

Working in the cold is not always going to be fun, but following these helpful tips can help you stay warm while you are outside. If you wear the proper clothing and do the right things, you will be much happier working outside.

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