5 ways to stay warm in the extreme cold

You don't need us to tell you twice: It's freezing outside. Literally. But since we can't hit fast forward to spring and there's no hurrying Mother Nature, you're better off trying everything you can to just stay warm 'til April.

Lucky for you, we've got some ideas.

Here are five ways to stay warm in this winter's (relentless) extreme cold:

1. LAYER UP (THE RIGHT WAY).
You hear us say it all the time. Layers, layers, layers. But do you actually know how to do it effectively? If you think all you need is a big thick coat to stay toasty-- well, you're wrong (but we love you anyway).

It's all about the right layers in the right place. REI's expert layering guide will explain. Basically, the base layer that's against your skin should manage the moisture. Your insulating layer on top of that protects you from the cold, and your shell layer should shield you from wind and rain. Then, add or subtract as needed.

As for your bottom half, if thermal underwear are your thing, give runners tights a try. There's some thought that they'll keep you warmer than most thermals, while still looking good under your clothes.

BTW, our FOX 5 reporters and photographers have some serious experience with being out in the cold-- like, no matter what. Take a layering lesson from our own Tom Fitzgerald, if you will. After all, he's one of the few who can make 17 articles of clothing at 17 degrees or less look good.

2. DRINK SOMETHING COLD.
Think that triple venti extra hot vanilla latte of yours will warm you up? Think again. The hot drink you're sipping on might actually make you sweat-- and in turn, you might get colder. WHAT? Avoid a major winter day fail by drinking something cold instead. Turns out a cold drink can actually warm you up by causing your blood vessels to tighten.

Someone call Starbucks and order up Free Frappuchino February STAT.

3. STEER CLEAR OF THE BOOZE.
We hate to be the bearers of (really) bad news, but that hot toddy isn't helping your cause. It might SOUND like a great idea to have a tasty adult beverage to warm up-- and you might even feel warm at first, but really, it's working against you. Alcohol drops your core body temperature, and can be one of the worst things you can consume when it's frigid outside. It can increase your risk of hypothermia.

Yes, even whiskey. 

4. WEAR WHITE.
Your winter white may be your new BFF in subzero wind chills. Ever heard that it's best to wear black in summer to stay cool? That's because of the theory that dark clothing may be less likely to trap your body heat in.

So if you consider that-- consider getting out your best winter white everything and throwing it (all) on when it's wicked cold out (shout out, Bostonians!). See, white might reflect the sun, but according to a theory on the studies of bird plumage (sorry, what???) published in the Oxford Journals, white clothes may do a better job of trapping that body heat and keeping it close to you under looser fitting clothes, like your coat.

Now, there's no proof it actually works on humans and clothes-- but we say, try it, and tweet us your findings @fox5newsdc.

5. JUST GET USED TO IT.
Suck it up, buttercup. No really-- it'll get better if you just deal with it. Get acclimated with the cold by getting out there little by little. Over time, your body will get more used to the cold, and it will take longer for cold weather to affect you. Science says so.

P.S. Other things we're willing to try include eating (duh, this works all year long), sleeping, lighting a fire (CAREFULLY), flying south (think somewhere tropical and yes, we're available)-- and our favorite: staying home and watching FOX 5.

Really, what'd you think we'd finish with??

Got other ideas? Tweet 'em to us @fox5newsdc or post them on our FOX 5 DC Facebook page!


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