I am matched up with Alaya through a blogger network participating in “Elf 4 Health,” where we support each other through daily fun health & fitness challenges. Today’s challenge is “Share your expertise” so we though we’d do a cool blog swap!
Well, I’m excited to be here and share some cold weather workout knowledge.
I live in the south, however, I am from New England so am oh-so-familiar with exercising in cold temps. I will surely get a dose of wintery weather when I am home for the holidays – bring it on!
Did you know that when working out in the cold you can actually burn more calories? Become less dehydrated? Yep, you read right! In colder temps, your body has to work harder and you sweat less, preventing dehydration.
Cold weather exercise is safe so long as you follow these 5 Must Do’s:
1. Avoid rain and wind.
Sounds simple right? Where I am from, people pride themselves on being “any weather runners” (my dad being one of those people) – whether it’s WICKED cold, WICKED rainy, WICKED windy, or WICKED icy – he’s out there.
Here’s why rain and wind are not your friends: the rain can draw heat away from your body faster than air, and wind can push air and moisture through your clothes making you even more cold!
2. Wear layers!
Layer 1 : Synthetic to catch sweat
Layer 2: Fleece or wool to insulate
Layer 3: Breathable or waterproof to repel any wind or moisture
No cotton! If temps are reallllly down there, throw on a face mask or scarf, too – this warms the air before it goes down your pipes. :)
You should feel chilly at first – your body will warm up once you get going. You don’t want to sweat a ton and then lock in that moisture. Damp skin = heat loss = lower body temp = risk of hypothermia. DUN DUN DUNNNN.
4. Protect your head, fingers, and toes!
The core is where blood flow is centralized. That means your extremities are more likely to miss out on the action and get cold. Gloves – check! Thermal socks – check! Hat – check! (Trap the heat – your head is a big source of heat loss!)
5. Don’t be crazy.
Know the warning signs – numbness, tingling or burning, shivering – you do not want to experience these, and if you do – take it inside ASAP.
Also, remember, if it’s just too cold, you’ve gotta be flexible and also committed to making another option happen. An at home workout or the gym will do ya.
With these tips, you can enjoy a wicked healthy and wicked safe winter season!
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Wicked Healthy Wonderings:
What is your favorite article of winter weather workout gear?
Do you prefer to exercise in warm or cold temps?