Heres the first of our weekly blogs…so cheering at your son or daughters game can be a thrilling & proud experience, but cold weather can quickly put a damper on any parents enthusiasm. At this time of year, temperatures can dip to low temperatures. So unless you dress properly for the game, you won’t be able to survive the typical British winter cold snaps.
1. Keep Extremities Warm
When the body’s temperature drops, the body focuses on keeping the torso warm. This means that less blood flows to the extremities: the hands, feet, and head. These areas need extra attention in order to prevent frostbite.
Mittens are better than gloves for keeping the hands warm because gloves separate the fingers. Although lined ski gloves are not as warm as mittens, they may be a better choice for fans who want the flexibility of using all 10 digits. It is a good idea to keep a packet of hand warmers in your pocket just in case the gloves or mittens just aren’t getting the job done.
Hiking boots are the best choice for foot warmth. Fans should wear at least two layers of socks. Wool is the best fabric for trapping heat, but it can be itchy. Fans who find wool annoying can wear a thinner, softer sock underneath the wool sock or opt for a brand such as SmartWool that is not itchy.
A winter hat, as opposed to a baseball cap, is essential for keeping warm, since most of the body’s heat exits through the head. The material should be thick enough to retain heat, and the hat should be long enough to comfortably cover the ears.
2. Wear Layers
Throughout the course of the game, a fan can expect to experience a variety of temperatures. At the beginning, the sun may be shining. By the end, the temperature may have dropped 15 degrees. A fan needs to layer clothing in order to be prepared. Thermal long underwear is a good inner layer for both top and bottom. Over that, the fan should wear a long-sleeved T-shirt, a sweater or sweatshirt, and then a heavy coat. On the bottom, over a layer of thermal underwear, running tights, or leggings, the fan should wear heavy pants.
3. Prioritise the Inner Layer
Most fans focus on the outer layer, wearing warm coats and jackets. While a heavy coat is important, the inner layer insulates the body and actually does more to trap heat, so do not neglect wearing something warm against your body. The bottom layer does not have to be bulky, depending on the type of fabric chosen.
4. Choose Warm Fabrics
The type of fabric you choose can make a big difference, especially for the bottom clothing layer. Avoid cotton fabrics because they are notoriously bad at trapping heat. There are better alternatives for a first layer.
|Wool||Naturally wicks away moisture
Retains heat extremely well
|Can be itchy and expensive|
|Polypropylene||Wicks away moisture
|Doesn’t trap heat as well as wool
Works best when wearer is active
Works best when wearer is stationary
Denim is a common choice for cold weather, but it is actually not the best fabric for cold weather. Denim is a cotton material, so it holds moisture and does not trap heat. Plus, if it gets soaked by snow or rain, it takes a long time to dry. Fans should consider wearing corduroys instead.
5. Supplement Clothing with Warm Drinks
A fan can easily get dehydrated in the cold weather. It is best to come to a game with a good supply of water. If the stadium allows it, a fan should also bring a thermos of hot cocoa, tea, or coffee. This can work wonders in maintaining a toasty body temperature.