5 Cold Weather Fitness Tips
This winter has been one for the books. We know it can be hard to get outside in these cold conditions, but you don’t have to let the cold weather deter you from getting movement in. During winter, exercise can help boost your energy as well as your brain health. Here are our 5 cold weather fitness tips.
- Warm-up and cool-down
Colder weather equals tighter muscles and joints. It’s easy to pull a muscle when you’re exercising in wintry temperatures. Before your workout, practice dynamic movement stretches to get your blood flowing, and your body warmed up.
- Dress in layers
One of the most important aspects of safely exercising in the cold is dressing in layers. Dress in layers that you can easily remove as soon as you start to sweat and then put back on as needed. 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.
- Get the right shoes
Running shoes with proper traction on the bottom is very important to avoid falls. Here is a list of the Best Winter Running Shoes of 2023.
Always remember to stay hydrated! It’s just as important in the winter as it is in the heat. Drink water or sports drinks before, during, and after a workout.
- Be extra cautious
Winter workouts can get slippery fast if any rain, snow, or ice is involved. If any of these elements are present, stay on plowed or salted surfaces. Back roads and trails may not be as well maintained and may have hidden obstacles that could lead to ankle sprains or other injuries.