Getting in a winter workout can be a real hassle. Unless you live in a place where you can enjoy warm weather all year long, working out in the winter usually takes more motivation than most people can muster. It is possible, however, to work out during the cold season. All you need to do is follow a few simple steps to get yourself and your body ready to exercise in the cold.
It's important to avoid hypothermia and frostbite if you choose to workout outside. Do this by wearing layers of clothing, including sweatshirts, sweatpants, gloves and hats. Besides just keeping you warm, the layers also help raise your body temperature as you workout and sweat. This will maximize your workout and help you burn calories, too.
Make It Quick
You certainly don't want to rush through your winter workout, but at the same time, you don't want to spend a lot of time outdoors, especially if it's cold. So in order to make the most out of your time, be prepared. If you can, stretch indoors before going outside so you'll be ready to start working out as soon as you get out there. Once you get outside, try to keep moving as much as possible. This means that if you typically run long distances, you might want to start running as soon as you get outside and continue running until you can get back indoors. This will keep your blood pumping and keep you warm throughout your workout.
Adjust Your Location
Running next to a lake may be nice during the summer, but if there are high winds there during the winter you'll probably want to find a new place to run. Try working out in a park that features trees that could help minimize the wind. Also be on the lookout for a place that has a safe, stable running surface. Also beware of running where there could be ice or snow on the ground.
Drink Plenty of Fluids
Though you may not sweat as often as you do during the summer, drinking water is still just as important in the winter. You may not feel the need to drink a tall glass of cold water before you workout, but you still need to do it to avoid becoming dehydrated.
The hardest part about working out in the winter is getting motivated, but the cold weather doesn't have to keep you down. Follow the steps above and battle the bad weather now.