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NOV

Cold Weather Exercise Tips

Filed Under: Exercise and Fitness,Sports Nutrition at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
ColdCold weather doesn’t necessarily mean you have to exercise indoors. Many people actually enjoy the cool temperatures for outdoor workouts. Other people prefer dealing with the cold weather than running on the treadmill. It’s important that the cold months don’t discourage you to continue your exercise routine and with a few tips for exercising during cold weather, you can keep up your workout throughout the winter.

First of all, choose appropriate gear. Dressing in layers is the way to go but don’t wear too much or too heavy clothes. Running, jogging or biking makes your body generate a good amount of heat, so keep that in mind before heading outdoors. Don’t’ forget your hands, feet and head gear. If you normally feel cold on your feet, double socks can be helpful. Considering buying exercise shoes a half-size or one size larger than usual to allow for thick thermal socks or an extra pair of regular socks.

Additionally, it’s important that you first put on a thin layer of synthetic material, such as polypropylene, which draws sweat away from your body. Avoid cotton, which stays wet next to your skin. Next, add a layer of fleece or wool for insulation. If necessary, top this with a waterproof, breathable outer layer.

If it’s very cold, consider wearing a face mask or scarf to warm the air before it enters your lungs. When it’s really cold, blood flow is concentrated on your body’s core, leaving your hands and feet vulnerable to frostbite. Try wearing a thin pair of gloves under a pair of heavier gloves or mittens lined with wool or fleece. If it’s dark when you exercise outside, wear reflective clothing. To stay steady on your feet, choose footwear with enough traction to prevent falls, especially if it’s icy or snowy.

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