I run cold. My hands are especially problematic. They can ache with cold in the grocery store on an 80-degree July day. I used to say I didn’t like winter, but that’s not true. Winter is beautiful. Clear night skies, snow sparkling like diamonds, frost patterns, ice crystals and sea smoke. What I don’t like is being cold. So how does someone with hands that can’t handle getting cold work outside in winter? Here’s a list of what works for me.

Dress for the weather. No surprise here. Insulated underwear goes on as soon as I feel chilled. Usually late September. Wool socks, wool sweater, wool hat. Hoodie sweatshirt as an outer layer to extend the life of the sweater and to keep it from becoming a sawdust mop. Neck warmer. When the wind howls, insulated coveralls.

Carbon-activated foot warmers tossed in my lightweight hikers. These send a nice mellow heat for four to six hours. I start the day with them. Once they start to fade I’m usually all warmed up.

Jumping jacks. The heaviest gloves I can work in are light cotton. In part I rely on motion to warm my hands. I used to do windmills, where you swing each arm rapidly in turn. These are effective but hard on my shoulders. Jumping jacks aren’t as jarring, every bit as effective and fun to do. Any time I start to feel cold I do a set of 20.

Stay hydrated. I have an on-site microwave with a mug that lives in it. I’ll frequently heat a mug of water. Lacking a microwave, filling a large thermos with hot water in the morning works too.

A hand-warming station. I have a heat gun that hangs on a nail. When my hands start to feel chilled I’ll warm them in front of the heat gun.

Given how painful my hands are when they get cold, I’m proactive in keeping them warm.The time and energy spent staying warm pays dividends in productivity and pleasure.