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How to Change Your Workout for Cold Weather

By Genevieve Cunningham

Some people love winter. They love the cool winds. They love the early nights. They love the big sweaters and hats and gloves that come with the season. But not everyone feels excited when the winter winds begin to blow in. For some people -- such as those who like to work out outdoors -- the winter is a bit inconvenient. It's hard to work out in the cold, and this greater level of difficulty can cause you to quit or cut back significantly on your exercise time. If you would like to maintain your exercise routine through the winter months, it's possible, but it will take a few changes. Take a look at these easy ideas for changing your workout routine to fit the cold weather.

Change Your Attire

It should be obvious that your clothes have to change with the weather. During the winter, you'll need to layer up. Wear your typical gear, but add a jacket, gloves, ear muffs, and a hat. And make sure you drink plenty of water. You might also bring items such as ChapStick and lotion along in your car or bag to keep your body more comfortable after being exposed to the cold winds.

Change Your Timing

The summer months bring longer days. You may be able to sneak in a workout after dinner. But in the winter, it's a lot harder to go for a jog around the block in the evening. It's dark! This might necessitate a change in your timing. If you work out outdoors, make sure that you're doing it in the light and in good weather. If you can't change your timing, it may be a good idea to take your workout indoors until the weather changes again.

Change Your Goals

Your spring and summer goals don't have to be the same as your fall and winter goals. In the warmer months, you may be working toward a bikini body. You may be attempting to shed fat and show off your lean muscle. In the winter, you may only want to maintain. Or you may want to build strength but worry less about shedding. It's OK to change your goals with the time of year. Find goals that motivate you right now, and you're more likely to stick with the program long-term.

Don't let the cold weather get you down. It's completely possible to work out and enjoy it -- even in the cold! Use these tips to make your body and the routine a bit more comfortable. With some planning and simple changes to the routine, you can love your workouts, continue getting fit, and enjoy better health all year round.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Alexandria, Va.

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