Winter fitness comes with its own set of rules.
Working out during the Covid-19 pandemic has been a challenge for everyone. During the summer however, it was easy to go outside and get exercise. During the winter, the most difficult exercise we want to do is raising a mug of cocoa to our lips, while we watch the snow fall outside.
It doesn’t matter whether you are an athlete or not, workouts generally slow down during the winter. There’s nothing inherently wrong with this, but especially this winter it is important to pay attention to mental health.
Physical fitness is one of the best ways we can safeguard our mental health during the cold months, but winter workouts are a little different because weather is a major factor. Here are five ways you can work out safely and effectively during the coming winter season.
Stretch- Stretching is always good, but it is especially important during the winter when your muscles and fascia are more likely to be taut. Spend more time stretching before and after winter workouts to prevent injury. Aim for 10-12 minutes of stretching before and after a winter workout.
Wear layers- You never know how warm you are going to get during a workout, so wear layers that are easy to remove. Make sure any thermals you wear are made out of a synthetic fiber that wicks away sweat.
Protect your head, hands, feet, and ears- Your extremities are more susceptible to frostbite, so wear protective gear on your hands, head, and ears, as well as warm winter socks on your feet.
Wear sunscreen- You may not realize it, but you can get sunburnt even in cold weather. A good SPF goes a long way no matter what the season.
Check the weather- Especially if you are going for a run or bike ride, the last thing you want is to be caught in bad weather. You should also be aware if the ground is going to be icy to prevent injury. Checking the weather before a winter workout is the very first thing you should do.