Exercising during cold weather can be quite a challenge. The temptation to stay curled up in bed watching Netflix and eating your day away can be hard to resist (trust me, I know). You however, need to remember the reason why you started working out in the first place and your end goal.
There are different ways you can motivate yourself, while the rest of the world hits the snooze button. Working out in the cold though, can be quite risky but here are a few tips to help you survive through your work out:
Dress in layers
If you decide to go on a run in this cold weather, you might as well dress the part. To protect yourself from harming your body, it is adviced that you dress in layers that you can remove as soon as you start to sweat and then put back on afterwards. This will prevent you from feeling too hot or too cold. Try put on a thin layer of synthetic material, which draws sweat away from your body. Next, add a layer of fleece or wool for insulation. Top this with a waterproof, breathable outer layer, in case it rains.
Warm the air
It is advisable to wear a scarf or mask over your nose and mouth if the air you’re breathing is too cold.
You may find that you will not get as thirsty as you would on warmer days but it is still important to stay hydrated. It may be harder to notice, but you can become just as dehydrated in the cold as in the heat from sweating, breathing and increased urine production. Drink water before, during and after your workout, even if you’re not thirsty.
Protect your hands, feet and ears
You may have noticed that when it’s cold, your hands and feet feel numb. Well, this is because when it’s cold, blood flow is concentrated away from the hands and feet to the center of the body to keep the internal organs warm and protected, leaving your hands and feet vulnerable to frostbite. Try wearing a pair of gloves, a hat or headband to protect your ears, which also are vulnerable to frostbite.
Don’t just head out and start sprinting in the cold. Do simple warm-ups beforehand to increase your internal body temperature and improve limb bloodflow.
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