As the temperature drops lower this time of year, it may be hard to leave your cozy home for a run outside or a trip to the gym. You can maintain your health and wellness goals in the winter with planning and preparation. Follow these simple tips to remain safe while getting great results from your winter workout.
Dressing for your workout, as well as the weather, is extremely important during the winter months. The sun rises later and sets earlier, so it is important to wear light-reflective clothing so that drivers can see you in the dark. If there is snow and ice in your area, wear sneakers and boots that have enough traction to keep you steady. Your footwear should also be warm and water resistant (Melina, 2012). Keep track of the weather forecast daily, especially if you are going to be outside for a long period of time (Melina, 2012). Dress in layers that are easy to remove if you get too hot, wearing lightweight breathable fabrics. To retain body heat and keep your extremities warm, don’t forget to wear gloves, a hat, scarves and a facemask to protect yourself.
Hydration is just as important in winter as it is in summer and fall. You can become dehydrated in cold weather, so drink plenty of water to keep your water intake consistent. Another habit you should carry into the winter is protecting your skin from the sun. Apply sunscreen and a lip balm with SPF before your outside workout, wear sunglasses to shield your eyes against bright sunshine (Melina, 2012). If you are running or biking outdoors, take safety precautions and map out the location to prevent getting lost in cold conditions. If you are going to the gym, prep your workout gear ahead of time and give your vehicle adequate time to warm up before travel. Take extra care when driving on the road during harsh conditions.
Planning your workout, whether indoors or outside, will help to keep you safe as well as committed during the winter.
Melina, R. (2012, January 20). 9 Tips for Exercising in Winter Weather. Retrieved from Livescience: https://www.livescience.com/36105-exercising-winter-weather.html
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