A Guide to Your Cold Weather Workout
By Brandi Goodman
Working out can sometimes feel more enjoyable when it's done outside. How do you exercise outdoors when it's cold though? With this guide in mind, you can enjoy a cold weather workout just as easily as you would one done on a nice day.
Layers help keep you warm when you're outside. They also come in handy when you start to get overheat and want to remove something. The cool air can feel like too much when you first begin your workout, but once your body heats up you won't need as much on to satisfy you.
Take a Walk or Hike
The cold air and possible snow or ice don't have to deter you. You can still enjoy a walk or hike no matter the weather. As long as you're bundled up and have some supplies with you to keep you safe, you should be able to experience a great workout doing these activities. Take a friend with you for added safety and don't forget to wear something reflective so you stay visible.
The cold can stiffen your joints and cause inflammation quickly. Make sure to really stretch out well if you plan on performing a cold weather workout. You want to ensure your joints are loose and plenty warmed up so the cold doesn't have such a big effect.
You may think that just because it's cold you no longer have to apply sunscreen. On days when the sun is still shining, especially, your skin can still suffer. You should be applying sunscreen to your face and any other exposed area to keep it protected.
It can be easy to guzzle down water when you're exercising in the heat. Working out in the cold may not make you feel as overheated and sweaty, so you might choose not to drink as much water. Your body is still losing water through sweat and working hard, so you'll have to stay hydrated if you want to make the most of your workout.
Make sure you're doing everything you can to enjoy a safe workout outdoors. If you can't do it safely, opt for some indoor options instead. No matter the weather outside, you can always find ways to get in some exercise and get your heartbeat going.
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