As the temperature outside drops, it can be easy to fall into a workout rut. Follow these simple tips to maintain your progress throughout the cooler months of winter!
Go on long walks
Walking is a great form of aerobic exercise, and is something that can easily be kept up in the colder months of the year. To make sure you walk safely this winter. Choose well lit pathways with safe, stable footing, and remember the surface can be slippers after a heavy frost.
Warm up slowly
It’s important to warm up your body slowly in winter, as extreme changes in body temperature can negatively affect your immune system. To avoid this, make sure you start any workout with a slow walk or jog, to give your body time to adjust to the colder conditions.
Cool – don’t freeze – down
Similarly, cooling down too quickly after exercise can quickly reduce your immune system and is the most common way to get sick in winter. Make sure that after exercise, you slowly cool your body down. Reduce your pace gradually instead of just stopping at the end of a brisk walk, and make sure to stretch out your body afterwards.
It’s important to remember that even though it is cold outside, when exercising your body will still sweat. As such, it’s important to stay hydrated and to pack water with you before heading off.
On days where it is especially cold, don’t avoid the fresh air. Put on an extra layer and choose a trail that will that avoid wind chill and offers extra cover – such as a tree-lined path in the park or covered footpaths if you’re in the city.
Exercising in the cold air requires extra exertion to raise your body temperature, as does the increased wind resistance that often accompanies winter workouts. Getting out into the fresh air to exercise also helps you to avoid catching the germs that linger in confined environments, including gyms and yoga studios.
So, what are you waiting for? Get moving outside today!