We are really pushing fitness this fall and winter because we do not want you to lose all that fitness gained over the spring and summer. The reason many people put off exercising in the winter is simply that they get too cold when they are outside. If you are into running, biking, hiking, or some other outdoor sport, we have some tips that will enable you to remain active regardless of the temperature.
Dress Accordingly – In many parts of the country, winter exercising means cold temperatures. However, as the routine progresses, you will often find that you are overly dressed at times. We recommend dressing in layers that can be easily removed and stored in pockets. If the weather is extreme, wear the proper gloves (mittens or two fingered gloves add extra warmth) and well as a full-face balaclava. If you are riding, make sure you either buy one that has a hole for your mouth or take it to your local tailors and have them add one. Otherwise, taking on liquids while exercising will be very difficult.
Warm Up Inside – the cold will make your muscles contract, so be sure to warm up inside for about five or ten minutes before going outdoors. Then, give your muscles a chance to acclimate themselves to the cold weather by starting very slowly outdoors. In about ten or fifteen minutes, you will begin to feel your muscles warming to the environment and you can then begin to pick up the pace.
Proper Nutrition – have you ever noticed that you tend to drink and eat less during your winter programs than in the middle of the summer? The obvious cause is that the lower humidity causes you to sweat less, therefore, you require less nutrition. However, an additional reason would be that cold weather “blunts the thirst mechanism,” according to the American College of Sports Medicine. Be sure to follow your routine in regard to eating and drinking so you do not dehydrate and bonk during your exercising.