Baby, it’s cold outside
It can be tough to find the motivation to do an outdoor workout once winter strikes with low temperatures, wind chill, rain and dark nights. However, don’t let the cold weather deter you from accomplishing your fitness goals – even in the winter.
Read on down below and follow our expert tips to stay fit, warm and motivated this winter.
Dress for the weather
Workout clothes are much more than just for aesthetics – they’re designed for the type of exercise you’re doing as well as the climate and weather that you’re training in. “The most important elements to take into consideration for outdoor workouts are wind chill and precipitation,” says Kaitlyn Noble, a personal trainer. Layers will protect you on a cold, wind-free day, however, wind chills can easily penetrate thinner items of clothes, which is why wind-resistant materials are so crucial. And of course, if your clothes are wet, you’ll have no protection from the frigid temperature, so be sure to wear a water-resistant outer layer when it’s raining. Your workout wear should always be water wicking in the cold too, like with thermal leggings, since sweat-soaked clothes can freeze in really cold conditions.
“Imagine a rubber band… it’s flexible, bendy and pulls right back to its shape. Now imagine that same rubber band, but frozen. If you try to pull too hard before it’s thawed out, it’ll snap,” explains trainer Ashley Wilking. Your muscles are like rubber bands, you need to gradually warm them up to prevent injury.
Noble suggests starting to heat up your larger muscles, like quads and hamstrings, with light stretching, jumping jacks and lunges indoors before heading outside. If you’re commuting to a class or gym, consider speed walking to get your heart rate up.