Cold temperatures, ice, slush and snow aren’t exactly an incentive to head outdoors to work out during the winter. On top of the harsh weather, the days are shorter and it gets darker earlier, which can make it hard to find the motivation to exercise. It’s known that daily physical activity keeps your mind and body healthy, so the 5-hour ENERGY® team is here to help you get focused and make the most of your workouts!
If the evening is when you exercise, it will most likely be dark by the time you head outside for your workout.
For your safety, it is incredibly important to wear some type of reflective or fluorescent clothing so cars and other people can see you. In addition, if you’re walking or running in the road remember to go against the traffic flow so on-coming traffic can easily see you.
What To Wear
Not sure what to wear for your outdoor winter workout? The key is layers! You’ll be colder in the beginning of your workout, but once you get your blood pumping you’ll warm up and want to take off a layer or two. Avoid wearing any cotton garments because once you start sweating, cotton retains that moisture and you’ll get colder later. Wear synthetic materials that will pull moisture away from your skin once you begin perspiring. And don’t forget about your nose, fingers and ears; they need to be covered too since they are at the highest risk for freezing!
Take It Easy
When you head outdoors for your workout, avoid slippery areas by looking for snow that’s already packed down. This gives you traction you need, but remember, it’s also easy for ice to hide under powdery snow. If sidewalks aren’t shoveled or look icy, run on the street if there isn’t heavy traffic. It’s also important to remember that speed isn’t everything; once you find your footing, stick to a pace that’s comfortable to you.
Breathing in cold weather can be more difficult than during warmer weather, especially when your heart rate is up. If you can, try breathing in through your nose and out through your mouth during your workout to help warm the air before it enters your lungs. Since this can be challenging as your breathing rate increases, an easy alternative would be tying a bandana, scarf or other thin layer of fabric around your mouth to moisten the cold, dry air.
As soon as you’re done with your workout, you should remove your damp clothes. Staying in sweaty clothing increases the amount of heat leaving your body. Don’t forget to re-hydrate after your workout. It’s easy to forget to drink water during the winter but you still lose water through sweating, so be sure to drink plenty of water after your workout!
There’s no reason you can’t exercise outdoors during the winter, you just have to take the proper steps! Share with us, do you work out outdoors year-round? What are your tips for a safe and productive winter workout? Share with us in a comment, on our Facebook page, Google+ page or tweet us!