Sizing of Sunclips

March 18, 2019

Need to know what size to get? Download this guide, print out the page with the shape of your glasses (make sure to print as is, don’t change the sizing). Print out the page that is the most similar to the shape of your glasses.  Make sure you print in true size and don’t adjust any print settings. Then put your glasses up against the different sizes to see which one will fit. It is as simple as that.

Standard and Rimless Clips

Glide Fit Clips

One Page sizing guide

 

Top 3 Reasons You Should Wear Sunglasses in the Winter

March 7, 2019

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Most of us usually put on our sunglasses during summer, when we’re out doing some fun summer activities. But did you know that your shades are just as important when the surroundings are covered with snow and ice?

Eye experts say that our eyes are actually exposed twice as much during winter. The first danger is coming from direct sunlight; and the second threat comes from the snow, acting as a reflector, which bounces back a second dose of harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays into our eyes. Check out our prescription sunglasses.

Here are three of the top reasons you shouldn’t leave your sunglasses at home this winter.
Protection from UV Rays

While most of us are careful in protecting our skin, not everyone gives that much thought about keeping our eyes safe from the sun. The Cancer Association of South Africa states that sun damage is still possible even during days that are windy, cloudy, or cool.

Exposing your eyes directly to UV rays, even in the wintertime can lead to a painful condition known as “photokeratitis” (also known as corneal sunburn), which causes burning sensations, irritations, and in some cases, temporary loss of vision. Also, extended exposure to the sun can increase your likelihood of developing skin cancer around the eyes as well as cataracts.

Other eye problems that can be caused by prolonged exposure to UV rays include:

Pterygium – a condition that begins on the white of the eye and may involve the cornea. If neglected, Pterygium can lead to loss of vision. This eye problem is more common in people who work outside in the sun and wind.

Cataract – When exposed to UV-B rays, in particular, you can develop some kinds of cataracts. A cataract is a clouding of the eye’s natural lens, the part of the eyes that focuses the light we see.
To protect your eyes from UV rays, put on polarized sunglasses, which effectively reduces harmful blue light exposure to the eye, which can increase your chances of developing macular degeneration.

If you’re planning on going out in the sun this season, do not forget your sunglasses, even if you feel like you don’t need them, you still must put them on. Your sunglasses act like a mirror, reflecting the sun’s glare off the snow. In addition, sunglasses also protect your eyes from the wind, dust, dirt, debris and from a condition called “snow blindness,” which can happen to anyone.

Going out without any protection at all, prolonged exposure to winter glare can result in short and long-term eye problems.

High-quality sunglasses will offer protection against all types of ultraviolet rays, including UV-B rays.

Protection from Dry Eye Syndrome

Your sunglasses aren’t just a fashionable accessory. They keep you safe from the elements and eye problems like dry eye syndrome. This condition occurs when your tears are unable to provide enough lubrication for your eyes. Some causes for dry eye syndrome include insufficient tears or poor-quality tears.
If you have ever suffered from a dry eye, you understand how painful it is to have eyes that are constantly dry. Other dry eye signs and symptoms include:

sensitivity to light
a burning sensation in your eyes
difficulty wearing contact lenses
watery eyes
blurred vision
eye fatigue

While some people have an incessant dry eye syndrome, others suffer from it depending on the season, and winter is usually the worst time of the year for red, irritated, dry eyes.

Having your sunglasses on this winter, especially when you spend significant time outdoors, is an effective way to protect your eyes.

Improved Vision

Your eyes need just the right amount of light for good vision as well as long-term health. Insufficient or too much light and excessive glare are harmful to your eyes. In fact, sunlight reflected off snow can actually cause greater glare than any light during summertime. While the light is definitely much brighter on a clear day in the summer than the winter sun, but the light reflecting off snow can actually make glare levels too high and dangerous. This is particularly dangerous for those who drive in the winter. To keep your eyes safe from glare and improve your vision, be sure to wear your sunglasses in the winter.

Great Exercises for Those Over 60

February 28, 2019

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Exercise or workout is good for the body — regardless of your age. However, there are some who think that as the years go by, they should try to do less and take it easy.

Regular exercise is recommended for the young and active, but also for the elderly. But shockingly, only twenty-five percent of people aged 65-74 exercise regularly. Health experts say that workout is good for people of any age and can ease symptoms of many chronic illnesses. Contrary to what many believe, physical weakness and poor balance are actually associated with inactivity, instead of age.

According to training specialists, people aged 60 and above are strongly encouraged to exercise. Do what your body allows you and aim for exercises that improve or maintain your independence. No matter what workout you choose, understand that consistency is key.

Here are some physical activities you can consider to help you maintain a strong, healthy body — even if you are already or about to become a senior citizen. Don’t forget to include proper eyewear in the exercise you choose.  We have prescription sports eyewear for every sport.

Cardio Workouts

Having a stronger cardiovascular system gives you the ability to deliver more oxygen to cells in your muscles. This allows you to burn more fat during both exercise and inactivity. These exercises use large muscle movements over a sustained period of time while keeping your heart rate to at least 50 percent of its maximum level. Mayoclinic.com recommends warming up and cooling down for about five minutes before and after any physical activity.

Before starting any cardio workout, make sure to perform stretching as a warm-up. This lowers the risk of muscle strain and improves flexibility, which is one of the main concerns of older adults. A few good stretches include triceps stretch, seated floor twist, toe touch, spinal stretch, and standing biceps stretch.

After warming up, you can start doing your cardio exercise. There are a variety of available physical activities that can help you strengthen your cardiovascular system — it’s up to you to pick whatever you enjoy best. Some of the great activities for older adults include aerobics, swimming, walking, jogging, indoor or outdoor biking, etc.
Weight Training

While some middle-aged people already find it hard to maintain a healthy weight, but it even gets more challenging for older adults. Your weight matters because if you are overweight or obese, you are at a high risk of developing type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Being overweight also limits your mobility and makes independence more difficult due to the strain on lower extremity joints. In addition, people experience a decline in metabolism as early as their 30’s; that is why doing regular physical activities to maintain a healthy weight is important for older adults.

Similar to cardio workouts, be sure to stretch before beginning your weight training. By ensuring that your joints and muscles are moving smoothly, you can avoid injury. Stretching also helps you become less susceptible to strains. Weight training should be done at least twice in a week, in sessions that last about 20 to 45 minutes.

Your goal is not to beef up your muscles, so go for easier exercises. One or two exercises should be performed for each of the following muscle groups:

legs
back
shoulders
arms
chest
abdomen

To avoid muscle strain, do not perform weight training on consecutive days. It is also recommended to incorporate family and friends during your exercise, which is a great way of making the workout more fun. This also increases the chances of you performing the exercise again.

Resistance Training

As you age, resistance training becomes an important part of your exercise routine. It allows you to prevent muscle loss and weakness, speed up metabolism, enhance bone density, and improve immune function. This doesn’t mean though that you should weight heavy lifts to benefit from resistance training. In fact, as you age, it becomes more important to focus on the muscles working and do what you can to avoid injuries. It is recommended for people aged 60 (especially men) or more to have three 30-minute full body workouts per week. Swimming, rowing, using the elliptical machine, spinning, and stationary core exercises are some of the activities you can do to improve your resistance. These exercises will strengthen your body’s aerobic system and core, particularly because if you’re aged 60 or more, certain organ functions are more prone to slowing down.

History of Snowboarding

February 21, 2019

In recent years, there has been a rise in the popularity of extreme sports, thanks to videos that have become viral. Extreme sports enthusiasts are now enjoying the opportunity to showcase their skills on a global platform. For this reason, more and more people are beginning to love extreme sports like snowboarding. Don’t forget that we carry prescription snowboarding eyewear.

 

What is Snowboarding?

Inspired by skateboarding, surfing, and skiing, snowboarding is a sport and recreational activity that involves descending a snow-covered slope while standing on a snowboard attached to a rider’s feet.

Early Years

While it may seem that snowboarding is only a recent recreational activity, but this sport has been common in different places in Asia, Australia, New Zealand, and even in the United States. It was the year 1964 when a young surfer named Sherman Poppen, an engineer in Muskegon, Michigan, created a toy for his daughters by fastening two skis together and attaching a rope to one end so he would have a little bit of control as they stood on the board and skimmed downhill. This board was called “Snurfer,” which was a 1.20-meter long plastic plank where two kids’ skis were bolted together. A year later, in 1965, the snurfer went into commercial production, and over the next ten years, more than a million units were sold at $15 a piece.

The Late 70’s

In 1977, the “Flying Yellow Banana” was developed. This was a plastic shell covered with a top surface similar to a skateboard, but at the time it was considered a major development in the blossoming sport of snowboarding. The first national snowboard race was held in the area outside Woodstock and was called “The Suicide Stix.” The race’s only goal was probably survival, which consisted of a very steep downhill run. During this era, snowboarders, mostly male teenagers, were often viewed as rebels and daredevils.

Snowboarding Gets Published

Over the next several years, snowboarding grew in popularity. In 1985, the first magazine dedicated to snowboarding enthusiasts hit the newsstands with great success and furthered the prevalence of the sport. This was the same year when metal edges were added to the boards, and the traditional surf fins were removed. Snowboards are now marketed as carving boards.

A year later, the sport spread in Europe, and they started their own competitions. Though snowboarding was once banned from resorts, the sport became more and more popular. Because of its growing popularity, colleges began offering snowboarding as a club sport.

The Golden Age

Utilizing ski technology materials improved the gliding capabilities of the new boards, and soon the first high-back bindings were made by a snowboard company called Flite.

Another testament to snowboarding’s fame is that professional surfers and skateboarders had started entering the sport. To make it more competitive, obstacles were now added to the course.

In 1993, approximately 50 brands were producing and selling snowboards to the general public, and Ride was the first company to go public a year later. Snowboard options have become more and more diverse, with different materials, technologies, shapes, edges, and camber are made available to the snowboarding community.

This decade saw snowboard become a mass sport. A worldwide Pro-Tour with great performances can now be seen on TV every weekend. Big snowboarding events such as Innsbruck’s Air & Style attract more than 40,000 people, and the sport has set the determining trends of the last years in music and clothing style. Snowboarding became the youth culture of the nineties. More than 80 percent of teenagers who practiced winter sports chose snowboarding. Snowboards also became the number one Christmas presents to teenagers.

In 1998, snowboarding was included in the Olympics where men and women compete in a half pipe and the giant slalom events. The half pipe was a U-shaped course carved into a mountain. In the giant slalom, the athletes race against each other on a separate course. Competing snowboarders were scored for their technique.

Snowboarding Now

Due to the sport’s popularity, nearly 97 percent of all ski areas in North America and Europe allow snowboarding, and more than have jumps, rails, and half pipes.

In the 2009-2010 season, there were about 8.2 million snowboarders in the United States and Canada alone, which accounts for about 30 percent of all snow sports participants.

Winter Hiking Tips

February 14, 2019

Everyone knows that summer is a great time to hike — sunshine, warm breeze, and clear skies — but winter can also be a magical time to be on the mountains, especially when there’s snow on the ground. During the winter, popular hiking destinations become a quiet place for reflection. For sure, you’ll also love the idea of having to enjoy hiking without bugs bothering you! But before you go on a winter hiking trip, here are some tips for you to consider.

Layer up.

Your best defense against the frigid weather is to wear layers upon layers of clothes. This is especially important when hiking in colder weather because temperatures can differ from the bottom of the trail and on the summit of the mountain. With a variety of insulating clothing, you can have a regulated body temperature and remain comfortable.

Put on a moisture-wicking breathable shirt or a thermal layer for your bottom, an insulating layer like a fleece jacket for your mid, and a water/windproof layer for your outer. Also, make sure to wear a hat and gloves, a good pair of thick, winter-weight socks, and waterproof boots. Dressing up in layers will keep you dry in case of precipitation and warm when you reach an exposed area or summit.

Bring snacks that are high in protein and easy to eat.

Because of the cold weather, hiking in the winter will require your body to consume twice the calories it usually does, since your body is burning more to stay warm. Pack high-protein snacks to give you energy. Remember to bring snacks you can eat without having to take a break. It is important that the snacks you bring are quick and easy to eat while you are hiking. Sandwich fixings and picnic won’t be a good idea. Stopping for a long time to eat will leave you cold, and it will be harder for your body to warm up again.

Have your safety gear handy.

Hiking regardless of the season involves the likelihood of an emergency situation. In addition to your regular hiking gear, be sure to have a few basic safety gears that will help you respond to a specific crisis. Some of the items you need to pack include a first aid kit, a trail map, a compass, a pocket knife or a multi-tool, hand warming packets, a whistle, and a headlamp. While you may be a day hiker, but you should always be prepared to spend the night in an emergency. For this reason, carry a bivy sack or sleeping bag, down parka, a smartphone, and a sleeping pad. If you’re concerned about the weight of your gear, you can split some of the items among your peers.

Get the right pair of boots.

Comfortable and solid footing is an essential part of winter hiking, so invest in a good pair of winterized boots. While buying crampoon-compatible boots may cost you a considerable amount of money, but getting a perfect pair is definitely worth the expenditure. Make sure your grade of boots matches your hiking skills and goals. Wearing high-end climbing boots may not be suitable for winter hiking, so decide on getting a pair that fits the weather. You may even have to wear snowshoes if the snow is deep. The idea is to get a perfect fit for your feet, so shop around and prepare the money needed to buy the right pair. Remember that even if it’s not that icy at home, hiking trails can get packed down and be very icy. In addition to the right pair of boots, use trekking poles with carbridge to improve your stability on icy trails.

Schedule your hike when the sun is up.

You may want to avoid hiking on the sunniest part of the day during the summer, but in the winter, it’s the exact opposite. Winter hiking is best experienced when the sun is highest in the sky and warmest. This is because as soon as the sun drops behind the mountains and the trail gets shady, there will be a significant drop in temperature. If you want to catch the sunset, try not to be too far from the trailhead and make sure to pack extra layers of clothing. And lastly, don’t forget to wear the proper eyewear, we have a large selection of prescription hiking eyewear.

 

Why You Need to Have Your Eyes Examined Once a Year

February 11, 2019

Did you know that 80 percent of what kids are expected to learn in and outside of the classroom requires sharp vision?

If your child falls behind in his or her development or is having trouble in school, this could mean that there is an undetected vision problem. Certain skills such as reading, motor development, proper learning, and other abilities depend highly not only on good vision but also when both the eyes are working properly. Children who have focus issues or hand-eye coordination problems tend to experience frustration as well as some behavioral problems.

A yearly eye exam is the only way to make sure your child is seeing as comfortably and clearly as possible to succeed in school.

Because Our Eyes Begin to Weaken as We Age

This is a fact of life: our eyes, just like the rest of our bodies, tend to dwindle as we advance in years. There are several common age-related eye conditions that can begin to affect your vision as well as your daily life. These problems include cataracts, presbyopia, and age-related macular degeneration. Not only do these eye conditions cause a great deal of inconvenience, but more serious cases can also lead to a complete loss of vision and dependency.

What to Expect During a Comprehensive Eye Exam

This test involves a careful inspection of all aspects of your vision. Depending on the results of your check-up, your eye doctor will then recommend a treatment plan for your specific needs. Understand that only a licensed eye doctor can provide a comprehensive eye exam. Consulting your family doctor or pediatrician is fine, but since they are not fully trained to do this, they can miss crucial vision problems that require treatment. For your safety, only seek advice from a qualified eye doctor.

Your eyes play a significant part in your overall well-being. The least you can do is to have them examined at least once a year to ensure you have a great vision and continue living a normal life. And of course, we have prescription sports eyewear for every sport.

Things to Keep in Mind When Ice Skating

February 7, 2019

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If you’re looking for a cool way to work out in the winter, you might want to consider ice skating. Not only is this physical activity a lot of fun and thrilling, but it also offers many health and wellness benefits such as joint and muscle strength, improved balance, coordination, and weight management. Ice skating is also a great way to manage stress, which is what many of us need these days.

Ice skating looks graceful and easy but is actually a fairly tough sport. First-time skaters may suffer from sore muscles after the initial sessions. While this is a normal event, but after a few practice sessions, the muscles will actually get stronger, and the pain will lessen.

It’s also important to understand that patience and determination are necessary to master this physical activity. At first, many skaters find it hard to find their balance on the skates, which is pretty normal. Learning the basic skating skills can always be harsh, but do not be disappointed because continuous practice will be paid off with gradual, graceful, and refined movement.

Here are a few things to remember while enjoying this awesome sport.

Know what to wear.

If you’re a beginner, renting skates are okay for the first few times. However, if you decide to be more serious about ice skating, you should get your own pair of figure skates. This will ensure you have a much better fit and you’ll have a sharper blade, too.

Your apparel is important in terms of comfort, so be sure to wear the right outfit. Leggings and fitted tops are recommended because they give you freedom of movement and stretch while still fitting your form.

If you tend to get cold in the ice despite moving on the rink, put on an extra layer to help you get warmer, but be sure, it’s easy to take off, so you’ll always be snug.

Fasten your skates properly.

Ice skates are made out of a boot with a blade attached to the bottom and are designed for stability around the ankle. Make sure your boots are laced up tightly, much tighter than you would tie a shoe. This will help lower the chances of you getting injured.

Avoid looking down.

Beginners usually fall into the temptation of staring at their feet rather than in the direction they are going. Just like how you would drive any vehicle, it’s important to keep your head up and look in front of you so at least you can see who or what you’re going to crash into!

Master the art of falling.

Knowing how to properly fall is an essential skill to be an expert because it significantly reduces the chances of injury. There are specific ways in which you can avoid getting hurt while falling. Ideally, use the best quality equipment or protective gear, which includes the use of a helmet and pads for the wrists, knees, elbows, hips, and tailbone.

When falling, remember to fall on the side, never straight forward or straight back. When in doubt, you can always bend your knees and try to fall over to the side. Try not to land on your bottom, and tuck your arms in while descending, to avoid being run over by other skaters.

Know how to stop.

This is one of the most important ice skating tips for starters. Many skaters try to learn maneuvers first, then learning to stop later. You can avoid colliding into the wall by learning a simple snowplow stop early on. This technique involves skating forward, pushing the legs apart away from each other. This should be done by bending your knees and leaning back a little bit. Set your shoulders straight, facing forward, and stretch out your arms.

Just like any other sport, things are always hard when you ice skate for the first time. But with the right mindset and knowing the basics, you will surely find your way of becoming a great skater in no time. Follow these basic ice skating tips to make you a more confident skater, whether you’re just starting out or advanced enough to try the harder stuff like jumps.

Field Hockey Eyewear Rules 2019

February 5, 2019

Good news for those playing field hockey  in 2019.  The rules have opened up to allow prescription eyeglass wears to wear any ASTM F803 rated eyewear.

Rule 1.6.5 states:  All field players shall wear eye protection that meets the ASTM standard for field hockey at the time of manufacture.

Note: Effective January 1 2019, all eye protection shall be permanently labeled with the ASTM 2713 standard for field hockey at time of manufacture.

Therefore, this is no longer a PIAA Modification to the 2018 NFHS Rule Book.  The 2018 PIAA Modification to protective eye wear is for prescription eyewear that is necessary for players to wear to participate in Field Hockey.

It was unanimously voted to adopt the recommendation of the Sports Medicine Advisory Committee to modify NFHS Field Hockey Rule 1-6-5 to permit players with prescription glasses to wear protective eyewear that meets the ASTM F803 standard.

Commonly called “spec recs” – they come with a band to hold the glasses to the head and are marked as Meet ASTM F803 standard.

If a player is wearing Prescription ASTM F803 Recreational Sports Glasses, there is no requirement for the player to wear additional protective eyewear over the prescription eyewear.

Previously styles were really limited.  Now all these can be worn:

https://www.sporteyes.com/eyewear-by-sport/all-sport-goggles/all-sports-goggles-with-prescription.html

The Health Benefits of Bowling

January 31, 2019

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Played for more than four millennia, bowling has one of the richest histories of all sports. A British anthropologist discovered in 1930s evidence of bowling items in an Egyptian grave dating back as far as 3200 B.C. Today, more than 67 million people bowl annually, and according to the Bowling Proprietors’ Association of America, bowling is the No. 1 participation sports in the United States. Not only does bowling have a rich history, but it also offers many health benefits.

Weight Loss

Although this game is played in a small area, it allows you to burn excess fat. How? Your constant movement while playing helps you slim down by speeding up your metabolism. Bowling lets you exercise your legs while walking to and fro, and working the rest of your body as you lift and swing the bowling ball. An hour of bowling can burn anywhere between 219 to 327 calories depending on your weight (that’s actually more calories burned than walking 2 miles in an hour). This sport requires short bursts of physical activity and players use 134 muscles during a game. Bowling balls weigh from 6 to 16 pounds and bowlers throw the ball up to 21 times in a game.

Muscular Growth and Strength

In addition to weight loss, bowling is also a great way to exercise your muscles. This game involves a lot of walking and can also train your muscles because of the added weight of the ball. As you swing the ball, the recurrent flexing, bending, twisting, and stretching helps to tone your shoulders, arms, chest, and leg muscles.

Better Hand-Eye Coordination

Having a goal of hitting ten pins requires a healthy amount of hand-eye coordination. By practicing this skill, it stimulates your mental alertness, increases concentration, and can even help develop your bowling skills.

Since this game requires the body being in motion and understanding when to release the ball, you need mental awareness of when to drop the ball and use the markers on the lane through proper concentration. Once the ball is released, your eyes need to be focused on the moment, which strengthens your eye muscles.

Lower Risk of Disease

People with a sedentary lifestyle are prone to developing heart disease. On the other hand, people with regular physical activity such as bowling have a lower risk of being sick. Regular exercise has been shown to reduce the morbidity and mortality of many serious health conditions such as stroke, heart attacks, diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol levels. Bowling at least once or more per week can help you reduce the risk of developing diseases.

Greater Balance and Flexibility

Learning how to gain improved balanced is essential to making an effective bowling ball delivery. Maintaining a proper posture and being in athletic position at all times during the game helps achieve this goal. Having a stable upper body posture at a stance and throughout the approach helps in attaining a consistent releasing action of the ball during your sliding step.

In addition, having the flexibility allows you to perform the actions of bowling and those who are more flexible will have a much lower risk of muscle strains and sprains. Since bowling requires regular stretching exercises as part of your warm up, you improve your flexibility in the process.

Stress Relief

When we are under pressure, it’s easy to be stressed and prone to being mentally vulnerable. Playing a game of bowling will lower your stress hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol while boosting feel-good hormones such as endorphins.

So, if you’re having one of those terrible days, go to a bowling alley and beat that stress. For added enjoyment, play with friends, which helps in better performance of heart muscles.

Improved Social Life

The game of bowling can be an avenue for you to create new relationships. According to the Bowling Foundation, there are about 2 million bowlers who socialize and bowl together each week in leagues all over the country. These events and groups allow you to meet people sharing the same interest, spend time with old friends, and have healthy conversations between runs. This can help ease loneliness, especially if you’re living alone or going through a tough time.

What You Need to Do Before Your First Skiing Run of the Year

January 24, 2019

Skiing is an excellent form of exercise. It gives you an opportunity to work hard and have fun at the same time. Not only is skiing an awesome way of spending your holidays, but it’s also one of the best workouts out there. This activity strengthens your bones and joints by allowing you to endure the tension and weight from your body as you turn and move quickly downhill. Skiing also boosts your mood and increases your cardiovascular endurance. It helps burn calories and make you lose weight. For sure, there are more benefits this physical activity can offer, but for now, let’s talk about the things you need to get you started skiing.

Understand the basics.

Skiing involves the use of gravity, which takes you from the top of the mountain to the bottom in the most direct route. This is not always the most secure way, so having the ability to steer and stop are essential.

Also, since snow is slippery, you have to possess great balance, especially while sliding down the mountain. You need to be firm but mobile at the same time.

Get some lessons.

Skiing is the kind of sport that is inexpensive, but it does help to have a professional guide you on your first few runs. Take some lessons from a private instructor or even with a small group of 2 to 3 first time learners. This gives you a chance to measure up your progress compared to others.

By taking formal lessons, you’re giving yourself the opportunity to start with a solid foundation and learn the correct techniques. Not only will ski instructors teach you how to properly ski, but also take you to the most desirable slopes to keep you safe.

Know what to wear.

The idea is to keep yourself warm, so as you plan for your first ski adventure, make sure you pack the right clothing. Avoid wearing cotton under layer because it will only make you feel cold. Instead, put on a thermal layer next to your skin. As much as possible, wear layers and layers of clothes, which will keep you much warmer. Here’s something weird but true: wearing more than one pair of socks will actually make you feel colder, so make sure you wear no more than a single pair. In addition, clothe yourself in a waterproof and windproof outer layer, particularly your bottom half. This outer layer should also be breathable to allow moisture out.

Wear proper snow pants, the ones with a bib or else you’ll collect snow up your shirt and down your pants. You should also bring something that can cover your face. And don’t forget to buy a pair of ski goggles that have anti-fogging features. Look for goggles with double lenses when the warm air of your breath makes contact with the cold lenses. The anti-fog coating inside the goggles helps clear your vision while the vents along the sides, top and bottom take the warm air out of the goggle’s inside.

Instead of buying, go for rentals.

We understand that skiing is thrilling, you’re excited to start a new sport, and you might be tempted to buy the latest gear and equipment. Professionals do not recommend this. Renting instead of buying is the right thing to do when you are starting out skiing. Renting makes sense because it gives you a chance to try the sport before making a long-term commitment and decide to spend on fancy equipment later. Besides, you still don’t know that you’d like or wouldn’t like about a certain piece of equipment, which usually takes time. Furthermore, ski rental shops offer new equipment each season, which means you won’t have to deal with outdated, discarded skis. Lastly, rental shops can also offer appropriate equipment for your skill level.

Get in shape.

Skiing is indeed a great way to lose weight but doing this activity without physical preparation could keep you from having the most fun. By preparing yourself before actually skiing, you’re giving yourself the best possible chance of enjoying skiing and reaping its benefits. Simple exercises like cardiovascular warm-ups, stretching, walking up and down the stairs regularly can be helpful. Bottom line is, you’ll get the most enjoyment when you’re physically fit.