Cold weather doesn’t mean putting outdoor exercising on the shelf. Below are tips to keep you safe even in below-zero weather.
Winter can frustrate even the exercise nuts. And if you’re not motivated, it’s too easy to pack your workout gear away along with the summer clothes.
Outdoor exercise is a for-sure cure for the winter blues. It increases energy, which can be drained by gloomy weather. And, it doesn’t leave you scrambling to get in shape for beach season.
Follow these tips to get the most of your cold-weather workout:
- Check with your doctor. Almost everyone can exercise safely in the cold, including people with asthma and heart problems. If you have health concerns, get your doctor’s OK.
- Layer up. Dress in layers to subtract and add clothing as needed. Be sure to wear some sort of synthetic material (sweat-wicking material) next to your skin. This will draw sweat away from your body. Avoid cotton (next to your skin) as it stays wet next to your skin. For your next layer, try fleece for insulation and top it off with some sort of breathable outer layer.
- Warm your breath. Wear a scarf or some sort of mask across your nose and mouth to warm the air being inhaled.
- Keep head, hands, and feet warm. When it’s cold, blood is shunted to your body’s core to protect the organs and keep them warm. Wear gloves and thick thermal socks. You want material that will not remain wet next to your skin. Don’t forget to wear a hat or headband as approximately 50% of your body heat is lost through your head.
- Drink plenty of fluids. Drink fluids before, during, and after your workout even if you are not thirsty. You can become just as dehydrated in the cold as you do in the heat from sweating, breathing and increased urine production.
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