Just because it’s cold outside doesn’t mean you have to take your workout routine back inside. If you’re used to running, biking or hiking outdoors, you can easily adjust to the dropping temperature by remembering a few of these cold weather workout tips.
Working out in cold weather is not the time to skimp on your warm-up. A warm-up is intended to raise your body temperature, lubricate your joints and bring blood flow to the working muscles, which are more susceptible to injury otherwise. So spend a couple minutes stretching before going outside!
Dress the Part.
The dropping temperatures mean you’ll need to bundle up, but be careful not to go overboard as your body temperature will rise quickly once you get moving. Dress for your outdoor workout as though it were 10 to 20 degrees warmer than it actually is and remember to always dress in layers.
Keep Your Head Up.
Don’t tense up when you’re outside in the cold. Shrugging shoulders and ducking your heads is a natural response to the cold but isn’t good for your overall wellbeing. So pay close attention to your form when you’re exercising outdoors.
With these pieces of advice in mind, get out there and don’t let the cold weather be your excuse for not staying in shape.