When you get outside:
1. Once you're bundled up and ready to go, start your walk going into the wind. This way, the wind will be at your back and out of your eyes when you're returning home and are fatigued. Try to find a route that blocks out the wind as much as possible say, a route that is surrounded by tall buildings. Be very careful when walking near cars and roads less visibility at night and slick roads during the winter can be dangerous.
2. "Add a few more minutes to your warm-up to allow your core temperature to elevate," says Archer. Make sure your joints feel well lubricated and your muscles are warm before you really start your walk. "If your hands or feet ever feel numb, it's time to return indoors," says Archer, who suggests walking on the treadmill instead.
When you get home:
1. When you walk back inside, give your body a few minutes to adjust to the temperature change before you shed your layers. If you change too quickly, your body can lose all the heat it just gathered, triggering postexercise hypothermia. Let yourself relax and unwind, cooling down gradually.
2. Give yourself a treat: A steaming cup of your favorite hot drink and a warm, soothing bath are the perfect things for after a winter walk. Having something to look forward to after walking will help you pick up the pace and make your efforts feel all the more rewarding.