For those of us who workout in the cold, wintery weather there are some tips to help make your workouts a bit warmer and enjoyable regardless of the temperature.
First rule of thumb is to wear proper clothing. The key to working out in winter weather is “layering”. Synthetic material should be the first layer right next to your skin. The second material should be of fleece and finally your last layer is a good waterproof and windproof outer jacket.
Another rule of thumb is not wearing cotton socks. Cotton can become wet and will leave you chilled. Wear synthetic socks to keep your feet from sweating and keep you dry and warm.
Next is if it is cold, you can also keep your hands warm and dry by layering a pair of thin gloves under a pair of warm mittens.
A person also needs to stay well hydrated. Does not matter what season it is being well hydrated is important for your body to not become dehydrated as you workout.
Make sure you have the right type of shoes. Running shoes are the better choice for walking or running in the winter. If the soles are worn out, then make sure to replace them as you could easily slip, fall, and injure yourself.
If you are going to purchase shoes especially for wintertime workouts, then consider buying shoes a half-size larger so you may have more room for extra thick socks.
Exercising during the day will improve your mood as you are being exposed to light compared to exercising when there is no daylight.
Walking into wind will help when you are sweaty and returning home with the wind at your back; you will not be as cold.
You should also choose different winter activities. You can sled or ski in place of walking or running.
They say knowledge is power so educate you with the warnings and symptoms of frostbite and hypothermia. Frostbite symptoms are pale skin, numbness, tingling in the extremities such as toes and fingers. Shivering, slurred speech, fatigue, reduced coordination is signs of hypothermia. Get out of the cold and emergency help immediately if you experience any of these signs.
Lastly, occasionally stay indoors. If the wind-chill pushes the temperature below zero degrees, then stay in. You can always choose another activity to do indoors until the temperature is above zero again.