Winter Workout Tips for Exercising Outdoors 

Dress ‘Dry,’ Not Just ‘Warm’

Get wet to lose heat fast. Wetness swiftly chills and depresses you because water efficiently transfers heat from your body to the chilly air outside. 

Layer Up

Don't just settle with sweat-wicking apparel. Dress in layers to protect yourself from the cold and the elements (rain, snow, and wind).

Opt for Bright Colors

Outdoor workout is preferable with colorful attire. Winter is colder and darker for longer. Rain, snow, cloudy, or gloomy sky make you harder to see.

Protect Your Extremities

Wear a hat, headband, and gloves or mittens to prevent frostbite. If you get warm, remove them and put them in a pocket. Thick socks help. Wool or synthetic accessories are better than cotton for sweat absorption.

Protect Your Skin

Dry, frigid winter air. Drinking eight 8-ounce glasses of water and moisturizing daily to prevent skin dryness. Protect delicate parts including the nostrils, tip of the nose, and ears with Vaseline. 

Check Your Traction

Rain, snow, and ice make winter exercises tricky. Stay on plowed or salted surfaces” in these conditions. Backroads and trails may be poorly maintained and contain concealed impediments that might cause ankle or other injuries.

Do a Warm-Up First

Colder weather needs a lengthier warm-up. Dynamic warm-ups boost muscle blood flow and temperature, reducing injury risk.

Breathe Right

When you're exercising and breathing heavily, nasal breathing can warm and humidify air. Wrapping a bandanna or scarf over your lips might trap water vapor as you breathe out to keep air wet.

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