7 Ways to Stay Warm When Exercising Outside
Having fun in the snow has a lot of benefits and another one is breathing fresh air. In fact, common side effects of exercising surrounded by the white powder is feeling exhilarated, pumped with energy, and craving more.
However, many people find the cold temperatures a deal-breaker. But winter is choosing to stick around, and with temperatures dropping, it’s even less appealing to get outside for that run or bike ride.
Ivy Karlinsky, personal trainer at Transform 180 Training, suggests several ways to stay warm and feel good to rock that workout.
Factor in the conditions
Is it raining - do you want a waterproof layer? Is it windy - do you want a windbreaker? Making sure you know what the weather is doing outside can make sure you dress appropriately and make it that much more enjoyable.
Cover your head and ears
A lot of heat escapes out of your head, and often the cold air can also irritate your ears. Keeping your head covered, or wearing an ear band can help you stay warm throughout your workout.
Wearing lots of layers that will help wick sweat away from the skin will help you from getting chilled during your workout. Also, by wearing more than one layer, you can take them off if you get too warm after getting started.
Warm up your water
Heading out for a run with warmer water will help prevent your water from freezing; it can even help warm up your hand if you are carrying it and keep you warm instead of drinking ice cold water when it's already cold out.
Choose the right socks and gloves
Cold weather can affect our extremities first, so make sure you have socks that will wick away moisture like those made from wool. Making sure your hands are warm will help you stay warmer overall.
Equip those feet
Make sure you have the right shoes for your sport and avoid puddles, having wet and cold feet will not only be uncomfortable but can cause issues with performance, especially with running.
Start warm- stay warm
Making sure you warm up properly before an outdoor workout in the winter is an absolute must.
Muscles will have a harder time getting and staying warm so making sure you take a few minutes before heading out to do some dynamic stretches or bodyweight exercises will help you in the long run.