Staying active during the winter months can be difficult. Cold weather and shorter days can lead many to want to stay indoors. However, you shouldn’t give up your outdoor workout just because it is cold. If you follow these tips, you can ensure you stay warm and safe while exercising during the colder months.
Dress for the weather
- Dress in layers – layers make it easier to remove layers as you begin to sweat and add layers as you cool off.
- Synthetic clothing is better than cotton – cotton will absorb the heat your body generates and leaves you feeling cold. It is better to use synthetic fibers, such as polyester, nylon, and polypropylene.
- Wear tighter clothing – tighter clothing will help keep the warmth in and the cold air out.
- Don’t forget your head – nearly 50% of your body’s heat is lost through your head, so don’t forget to wear a hat.
Protect your skin
- Sunscreen is important for all body parts that are exposed to the sun including your lips. Even on a cloudy day, the sun’s UV rays can reach your skin.
- Protect your extremities such as fingers, ears, nose and toes. Using the proper outdoor gear will help keep you warm.
Winter exercising tips
- Drinking plenty of water is just as crucial in the winter as it is in the summer.
- Warm up before you venture out into the cold. Exercising during colder weather can increase your risk of straining muscles or spraining joints.
- Don’t forget to cool down – before you jump into a hot shower, make sure you cool down after exercising. This will help eliminate lactic acid and reduce muscle soreness.
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