With the cold weather quickly approaching it’s important to have a fitness routine in place to carry you through the winter. Regular physical activity has been shown to help strengthen your immune system, which in turn will help prevent a wide range of potential health issues that can rear their ugly heads during the colder months.
Before you jump off the treadmill, remember there’s no reason to put your fitness routine on hold once the cooler temps kick in.
Here are a few tips to keep you safe, warm and active as the days get colder.
Dress in Layers
Dress for the colder temperatures and there will be no complaints! Start off wearing enough clothing to comfortably move, but to also keep you warm. Layering is important for any form of winter exercise, but don’t start off too bundled up. Once your body warms up from movement make sure layers can be easily removed and either stored in a safe place or tied around your waste. Find clothing that will keep the sweat away from your body so you’re not soaked during your workout. If you’re exercising in the dark, reflective gear is essential.
Take Up a Winter Sport
If running in the sand and playing beach volleyball are your thing during the summer, transitioning to a winter activity will be a breeze. If the snow coverage is going to be as extreme as predicted, any snow sport is a fun exercise fix. The white stuff actually increases your calorie burn per step. So maybe it’s time to take up snowboarding, snowshoeing and skiing. Any winter activity is a great ways to spend outdoor, quality time with your family.
Drink Plenty of Water
You might not feel the need to drink as much as you do during the warmer months, but staying hydrated while exercising in the cold is just as important. Make sure you have a full reusable bottle filled with water nearby before, during and after any form of exercise. It’s hard to imagine, but you can become just as dehydrated in the cold temperatures from sweating, rapid breathing, and the dry air and wind.
Establish a Routine
Make fitness part of your weekly routine by setting aside a specific time for your workout. Add it to your calendar as you would any other appointment. That way you’ll be more likely to stick to your goal.
Find a Buddy
Exercise with a friend who enjoys the same form of exercise. Establish a routine and plan days and times to meet. You’re more likely to show up if someone’s waiting for you. Encourage each other and provide support when needed.
Dry Out Wet Shoes
If snow or slush are covering the ground your shoes are bound to get soggy. No need to panic. It’s simple to dry out wet shoes. Loosen the laces and remove any inserts. Stuff the shoes with newspaper and place them near a fire or in a warm spot in your home. This will speed up the drying process.
The most important tip of all is to get out there and have fun! Find something that you enjoy and stay with it. You’ll be more likely to stick to your goals and routine if you’re doing something that you love.