With the weather turning and many indoor gyms unavailable, it’s easy to be stuck between a rock and a hard place with your workouts. In warmer months it’s nice to workout outside, but around the holidays it’s less than idea. However, without the space or equipment at home many are forced to face the cold to maintain their routines. Hence, we’ve outlined a few helpful tips for cold weather training a little easier.
First thing’s first, make sure you prepare accordingly. Specifically, you’ll generally want to feel just a little cold before you start warming up. This is because the body naturally heats up during exercise, so you’ll feel warmer as you get going. However, if you’re already warm, you’ll heat up too much, and start to sweat. This is concerning because sweat absorbs into your clothes and continue to draw heat from you after you finish exercising. This is a classic way that many people get hypothermia because the cooling effects of their sweat creeps up so fast!
Secondly, you’ll want to be mindful of your condition during your exercise, specifically for hydration. It’s an odd concept to think of dehydration in cold weather, because thirst rarely occurs. Still, dehydration does occur because water is still being via through breathing & muscle function. As a result, be proactive and make sure you’re drinking consistently during your workout. Even small sips, little by little, will help your body & performance significantly during cold weather!
Lastly, is what to do after your workout. The biggest tip for after your cold weather workout is to put on a warm layer as soon as possible! This is where most people go wrong because they’re already warm from the workout. However, it’s important to remember that our bodies are trying to cool down, so any sweat we have will be evaporating. Also, the workout was started with us being slightly cold, so once your heart rate comes down, you will feel cold! So before starting a workout in the cold, make sure you have an extra, dry layer to put on right after.
So, when you’re forced to go outside, use these helpful tips for cold weather training, to keep you safe & fit!