Training Outdoors in Cold Weather
The time is here for the weather to change with winter rolling in, and the days getting darker faster. Exercisers can still take their workouts outdoors to beat the winter blues, and stay off the couch. Going outdoors and exercising with the proper gear allows you to get moving around, giving the body a chance to adjust to the changing season and get revved up for the day.
- Dress in layers- avoid cotton-use polypropylene & fleece
- If you have asthma wear a face mask or scarf
- Cover your head 30 to 40% of heat is lost through your head
- Use sunscreen to protect skin & lip balm – remember wind chill goes right through you
- Keep hands & feet dry, use wool to keep feet and hands warm
Now you are motivated and have your layers on, and skin protected; it’s time for the outdoors.
- Try to head into the wind – less likely to get chilled on way back from your exercise.
- Drinks fluids before, during, and after – you are sweating so watch out for dehydration.
- Use a headlamp not just for your own ability to see, but for others to see you most likely you will be in the dark.
Staying motivated during the winter can be fun, rewarding, and good for cabin fever. You have the knowledge, and fortitude to meet your goals, of staying active not sedentary. For many people winter outdoor exercise is great for solitude, and quiet time.