The weather is changing once again, and we have felt some chill in the air! Maybe you enjoy exercising outside, but that’s easy to do when it’s warm. It’s a little trickier when the cold sets in. Here are some tips on keeping healthy even when the weather gets cold.
First and foremost, talk to your doctor. The drastic difference between the outside air and your body temperature can affect your lungs and other parts of your body. You should always speak to your doctor before starting any fitness program and ask them about tips to help you while you exercise in the cold.
Second, layer up! Having lightweight, breathable layers will keep you warm and allow you to move easily. First, start with a layer that will help wick away sweat; then, add another layer to trap as much heat as possible. If you get too warm, you can always take layers off.
Third, make sure you cover your hands, head, and neck! The layers won’t do you any good if those parts aren’t covered! Get your gloves, hat and scarf.
Fourth, actively warm up. You might be used to standing and stretching to warm up, but during the cold weather, do an active warm up inside. Do something else like light jogging or brisk walking to get your heart pumping, then go out.
Fifth, stretch! Yes, we said don’t at the beginning, but after your workout, you need to! Keep those muscles pliable and moving as you gently cool down.
If you notice that you are having difficulty exercising, speak to a medical professional, and they will help you decide what changes are necessary to exercise better in no time!