When the weather outside is blustery at best, it can be easy to take a pass on your outdoor workout. But don’t do that! Keeping as close to your routine as possible is important to staying healthy and managing stress levels during the cold season. We’ve got three tips to make a winter workout feasible, and, even, pleasant.
Tip 1: Layer Up
Dress in layers before going out, the Mayo Clinic says. Dressing too warmly for the type of exercise you’ll be doing is a mistake, as is not wearing enough clothes to guard against frostbite and hypothermia. Layering is the answer. As you exercise and start to sweat, you’re able to strip off layers, and, as you cool down, you can put them back on as needed.
The Mayo Clinic recommends starting with a layer of thin, synthetic material to wick sweat away from your body. Next, add fleece or wool for insulation, and, finally, a waterproof, breathable outer layer.
Tip 2: Protect Hands, Feet and Face
Cold temps draw blood (and warmth) to your body’s core, leaving your hands, head and feet open to frostbite (unless, of course, you’re undergoing a regulated cryotherapy session). Wear glove liners made of wicking fabric under heavier gloves or mittens for the best protection, the Mayo Clinic advises. Remove the outer layer when you get sweaty.
For your feet, buy training shoes a half size or a size larger to allow for extra socks.
Use a hat or headband for protect your ears. If it’s super cold outside, wear a scarf or a ski mask to protect your nose and face.
Tip 3: Don’t Forget Warm Weather Tips
We usually talk about drinking plenty of water and wearing sunscreen during the summer, but these are important tips for the winter, too. Sweating while you’re working out combined with the drying power of winter’s wind can make you dehydrated just as easily as summer’s beating sun.
It’s easy to get sunburned in winter, too, especially if you’re exercising in the snow or at altitude. Make sure your sunscreen blocks UVA and UVB rays and that your lip balm has a sunscreen, too. If you’re in a snowy area, protect your eyes from snow and ice glare with dark glasses or goggles.