Although our country is a mostly summer oriented country, but the winters can be as cold as it can get especially on the northern side of the country. Working out in this situation can be a concern for any one and people may feel reluctant to go out and resume their usual exercising schedule. As a result, many people simply skip their exercising routine until the winters are over, which can often not be a good idea considering from the health’s perspective. Here we illustrate some of the simple tips that can make your outdoor activities a little pleasurable this winter.
Layering Of Clothes
Multiple layering of clothes enables your body to retain the basic body temperature and also aids in holding the body generated heat while working out. The air layer in the middle of the clothes also acts as a poor conductor of heat that helps to inhibit the body heat to go away and the external cold from getting in.
Addressing Chaffing Issues
Multiple clothing layering can act both as protectant as well as a means of developing annoying chaffing issues in the arm area, along the bottom line of sports bra for women etc. owing to sweating and friction of clothing. Applying Anti-Chafe Balm or Anti-Friction Cream before going out to exercise is good idea to apply for preventing this common discomforting issue.
Warm Up The Clothes In A Dryer
Warming up the clothes, you’ll be wearing while working out, in a dryer before heading out into the cold to workout is a great idea. Till the time your body starts to generate heat owing to exercising, the warm clothing helps to keep you warm and going in the frigid weathers.
Covering Your Head, Face and Neck
Wearing protectants such as a balaclava (a hooded mask that also covers the neck besides covering head and face) or neck gaiter (designed to protect your neck, mouth and ears) is a good way to protect your susceptible areas such as your head, face and neck while going out in cold weather to exercise.
Warming Up Before Heading Out On Cold
Although this is an important schedule to perform at any time of the year before indulging in exercising that apart from readying yourself for get going for the intense work outs, keeps the pulled muscle problems while exercising at bay. This is especially important in cold weather where these chances are more. So, warming up by spot jogging at home before going out is a good way to protect you from sudden drop in temperature.
Run Into the Breeze in The Beginning
Choose start your run into the breeze so that you don’t have to return with the wind in your face when you are exhausted and sweating profusely. Facing the breeze while sweating can be risky that can increase your chances of getting cold or even worse, developing hypothermia.
Slow Down Your Pace
Slowing down your pace of running or doing any exercise help to reduce your chances of slipping snow while you are running and also enable you not to face the brisk cool wind which can cause frostbite. While exercising also, since your body is already fighting against the chill, working out in slow pace enables your body to take time for adjusting to the harsh conditions and retain energy for longer duration.
Wear Proper Footgear
Our feet are one of the sensitive areas of our body. Wearing proper footwear enables it to protect from freezing cold. In addition, wearing proper footgear for working out in cold or simply running is essential as it gives proper road grip and thus provides balance to your body. Shoes with good grip or implanting accessories like Yak Trax (simple lightweight steel coil) or rubber attachments, into your regular shoes can modify your regular shoes for greater traction.
Hydration is extremely important in dry winters. Especially, when you are loosing water from your body while working out in the winter through vigorous sweating. So, hydrating your body before, during and after your workout regime is important for keeping you from dehydrating. A little tip, keeping the water bottle under your layers of clothing while running, aids in keeping the water from freezing in the cold.
Protecting Your Skin
Although it feels great to be in the Sun in the cold weather, but surprisingly it’s the most susceptible time of the year for the skin to get damaged due to harmful Sun UV rays and also from drying owing to dry cold. So, wearing sunglasses and applying sunscreen creams or lotions while working out outside are crucially important. Applying lip balm and petroleum jelly to prevent your lips and other exposed body part from drying is also important before heading out for exercise in cold weather.
Following these simple tips can in fact make your winter season workouts even more enjoyable than other times of the year.