Working Out With Old Man Winter
By Donna Stark
By now, most of your winter guests have headed back home and you can finally start enjoying your normal routine once again. But one winter guest is here to stay for just a bit longer and boy oh boy, is he ever putting a crimp in your outdoor workouts. Old Man Winter is really clinging on to your hospitality, isn't he? Sure, he was a welcomed guest back in December, but with cabin fever setting in, you are more than ready for him to depart, aren't you? Well, just because he is slow to your hints (does he not see your sneakers sitting by the front door?), that doesn't mean you can't get some fresh air and exercise. You just need to remember the following tips.
The Right Gear
If you want short and sweet, I have one word for you ... layers! But there are other factors to consider as well. Here are a few key points to remember while making your clothing selections.
- It's OK to feel slightly chilly, but that shouldn't last for more than the first few minutes of your run
- Remember to grab your gloves and hat before heading outdoors
- Choose breathable, moisture-wicking clothing that lifts your sweat from your skin
- Select articles of clothing that have zippers so you can increase or reduce ventilation as needed
Traction Over Fashion
If snow and ice are in the picture, ensuring your shoes have optimal traction is imperative, and you can do this in several ways. You can purchase footwear that comes with a tread deep enough for the terrain you run on, you can slip a traction device over your sneaker, or you can purchase traction screws that ... you guessed it ... screw into the sole of your shoe. Whatever you choose though, you will be sure to enjoy your run more because your safety will no longer be an issue.
Visibility, Visibility, Visibility
Old Man Winter certainly likes to mess with us and unfortunately, he doesn't just stop with the weather. He also likes to shorten our days which means we have less natural light to run in. If you are going out for a run in the dark early morning or evening hours, it is vital that you make yourself seen. Wear a headlamp, throw on a neon vest, or choose clothing with reflective material. It may be the most important thing you put on.
Beating Him at His Game
At the end of the day, you know that you will have to deal with this winter guest for a few more months, so why don't you just beat Old Man Winter at his game? With the right preparation and the proper gear, you can break free from that cabin fever and get outside for some fresh air, a little bit of sunshine (hopefully), and some exhilarating workouts!
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Newtown Square, Pa.