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Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Winter Workout

During the warm weather you have been pretty active don't let the cooler days stop you. You could simply stay in bed cuddled up or you could as I suggest bundle up and head outside on an adventure. The American Heart Association has some suggestions on how to get outside in cold weather and work out. A few cold weather activities that can easily be done include:

  • Brisk walking or hiking
  • Jogging or running 
  • Raking leaves 
  • Shoveling snow
  • Ice skating
  • Sledding
  • Cross-country skiing
  • Snowshoeing


Some good reasons that it may be easier to workout in the cooler weather than in the hot weather  are
  • There is no heat and humidity to deal with. The chill of winter may even help you improve your workout
  • the cold weather may allow you to work out longer and therefore burn more calories 
  • Since sunlight is limited in the winter getting outside and working out may improve ones mood. 
When exercising out side in the cold weather it is important to stay warm. This may mean dressing in layers to avoid hypothermia and frostbite. As we all know cold weather may offer lower temperatures, strong winds and possible rain and snow. All of those factors can steal  body heat. However, there are ways to dress in layers that can help protect you when outdoors



While cotton is often considered a good material to workout in the truth is that when working outside it may not be the best. Cotton can easily become wet with sweat or snow and trap the moisture in. This can make one feel colder and heavier. The better fabric to select is moisture wicking fabrics that are used in high performance sportswear. Over the first layer then place a layer of fleece followed by  a waterproof layer. 

Remember just like working out in warm weather to stay hydrated. While a thirst may be there more in the summer time but even when the thirst is not present the body still needs water. 



If the weather stops you from heading out there is a way for you to still get the exercise by taking it inside. Some ideas are:
  • Home workout circuit
  • Dancing
  • Active housework like vacuuming and sweeping
  • Mall walking 
  • Bowling
  • Roller skating
  • Yoga or other fun group classes at your local gym, studio, or community center
  • Stair climbing

The idea is , whatever you do to get motivated and exercising then get it done, your health relies on it

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