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Snowshoeing by Sally Edwards; Melissa McKenzie

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Rest frequently when snowshoeing in high altitudes.  The test of adequate hydration is the need to urinate once every 3 hours.  Melting snow is generally safe as long as you dig down to a clean, untrodden layer. The best choice, though, is to bring your own water with you.  Remember too that sunlight reflecting off the snow can burn places you forget about, including your ears, the inside of your nose, the underside of your chin, and the areas around your eyes and lips.  There is protective gear available for every part of your exposed skin—use it!

Run/walk or Stretching Snowshoe 15 min. 30 min. Weights 15 min. Sat or Sun 2 Same as Week 1 3 Weights 20 min. Run/walk 20 min. Stretching 15 min. Fitness class 25 min. Aerobics 30 min. Run/walk or Snowshoe 30 to 40 min. Stretching 10 min. Weights 10 min. Machines 20 min.  Machines are challenging and fun, and as you train on the different ones you will strengthen specific muscle groups. Your fitness class can be any such class you prefer: swimming, racquetball, running, dancing, or whatever—just make sure it's aerobic.

Knowing what to expect and preparing for the unexpected will help you snowshoe safely.  The prevention for frostbite is simple: Avoid exposing your skin or wearing wet clothing, and dress for the conditions, including the effects of wind chill.  Most cases of hypothermia occur in relatively moderate air temperatures of between 30 and 50 degrees Fahrenheit (­1 to 10 °C), but the wind compounds the chill and causes people to dangerously miscalculate and suffer undue harm.  And don't hesitate to turn back immediately if someone is cold and you can't get them warmed.

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