When the temperatures drop, it can be easy to let your fitness routine drop with them, but winter is a great time to try something new or prove to yourself just how thick your skin is.
With colder weather and shorter days, exercising outside isn’t always plausible due to wind chill and lack of light. Switch up your workout and see what the indoor fitness world has to offer.
It is possible to exercise outdoors during the winter; it just requires you to be a bit more wardrobe-conscious. Believe it or not, there is a science to the layering process.
Adjust the thickness of these layers based on your susceptibility to cold and shed them as you become warmed up, as sweating too much will cause you to become very cold during cool down. Don’t neglect your skin – cover up as much as possible to prevent frostbite. Even though you may feel warm, your skin could be taking a beating from icy winds, made even more intense by running against them.
Exercising in the cold also warrants a few extra safety precautions:
Keep in mind that outdoor workouts can be just as fun as indoor workouts. Skating, skiing, sledding (and climbing back up the hill) or outdoor races all offer opportunities for a break from the norm.