Cold weather exercising tips
Whenever the temperature drops, most people get indoors and keep themselves warm by wearing heavy clothes or sitting by the fire place. On the contrary, if you exercise when it’s cold, it keeps your body warm.
There are several outdoor winter sports one can enjoy during cold weather. Running, walking, skating and skiing are some of the sports that are ideal for winter, however, one has to exercise precautions.
Before going out to exercise it’s important to dress up appropriately. A hat is a must for you since most of the body heat is lost through the head. A warm top is recommended but don’t over dress to avoid over heating the body during exercise. Wear warm gloves and socks and most importantly good comfortable shoes are required for the exercise to minimize injury. Other accessories needed are scarf or face mask to warm the air you breathe. Lastly take lots of water before going out to exercise to avoid dehydration.
Day time is ideal for exercising since you are able to avoid manholes as well as icy patches that might prove risky incase you run into them. It’s also better since drivers and fellow exercisers are able to see you easily. It’s not advisable to exercise after dark or if you do make sure you wear reflective strips or bright clothing for easier visibility.
Finally, don’t over do it or stay in the cold for too long to avoid the risk of hypothermia and frostbite which could cause numbness, tingling, shivering, or muscle stiffness. Should any of these symptoms occur, look for a warm place to rest or ultimately seek medical assistance.