Exercising In Cold Weather

Exercising In Cold Weather
by George Ponting | November 23, 2012

The cold weather chills can put a major damper on your exercise routine; even the most motivated people begin to experience diminishing motivation levels. Hence, in this article we are going to help our readers prepare for the wintery months, and make sure we provide solutions to all your queries. Exercise is important and we want to make sure you stay motivated and safe in any weather condition.

Layers

During winter, whether you are out for a jog or workout routine, it is important you dress in layers. This is a very significant tip as it allows you take off a piece of clothing as you begin to feel warm. The common mistake made when exercising in cold weathers is, many feel the need to dress exceedingly warm in fear of getting cold. However, when exercising it is natural for your body to generate heat, heat which then makes your body’s temperature rise, allowing you to feel much warmer than it really is. When this happens, you feel hot and on top of that you are already dressed in winter attire.

Make sure the first item you wear is made of synthetic material which helps draw sweat away from your body. On top of this put on another layer, preferably of a warm material like wool or fleece, then layer with another item of garment which is waterproof as a jacket or vest can result in the overheating of your body.

Avoid Stop and Go Activities

When exercising in cold weather, it is important to avoid interval training or ‘stop and start activities’ as much aspossible as this will only make you more vulnerable to falling ill or catching a cold. This is because these exercises help you work up a sweat and then when you simmer down repeatedly your body begins to feel cold.

Protect Your Ears, Neck, Hands and Feet

When exercising in cold weather it is important you remember the four major points of your body which make you most vulnerable to feeling cold and catching flu, these are your ears, hands, feet and neck. Wear gloves to protect your hands and wool hats to cover your ears in order to avoid the cold air from travelling in your ear and from getting frostbite. For your neck, wrap yourself with a warm wool scarf. Purchase shoes a size larger than your original in order to allow your feet to wear thicker socks for winter. You can wear double layering, a sweat resistant pair on your feet and a woolen pair on the outer.

Unique Conditions

Not everyone can handle the cold weather the same, many even have unique conditions which have different reactions to different weathers. Consult your doctor and discuss the precautions that should be taken for you to exercise in cold weather, if any. Conditions like Asthma, Reynaud’s disease and heart problems all call for special consultations.

Keep a Look Out For Weather Conditions

Winter comes with many unforeseen and unpredicted weather conditions that can be very dangerous. As a result we advise you to make safety your first priority and to always keep a look out before going to exercise in cold weather. Rainfall and strong winds should be conditions you steer clear of.

Gear Up

When exercising in cold weather, choose appropriate gear. Fog and snow can contribute to poor vision for those travelling and exercising and the slippery snow can easily make you trip or fall. Hence make sure you are wearing reflecting clothing and shoes that help keep your feet planted on the ground.

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