It’s starting. The weather is getting chilly, which means that those of us with outdoor exercise routines have cold mornings to contend with. You don’t have to let that drop in temperature hurt your workout! Here are some ideas on winterizing your exercise routine so you can keep it up all winter long.
Dress the Part
Layers are the key to a more comfortable winter workout. Start with an organic cotton t-shirt to help wick moisture away from your body, then layer on a long sleeved top and a hoodie. As you get moving, you’ll start to warm up, and it’s nice to be able to shed those layers!
You can also invest in some thicker socks and warm pants to keep your feet and legs from getting chilly.
Bundling up your extremities can make a big difference in winter, too. Cozy gloves and a hat or ear warmers are a must on chilly days. If you have trouble catching your breath in the cold, you might consider wrapping a scarf loosely around your mouth and nose.
Play it Safe
Cold temperatures are one thing, but whether you’re running, walking, or cycling, you should take extra care after a freeze or when exercising in the snow. Keep your eyes on the road to avoid icy patches and other cold weather hazards.
Winter’s shorter days also mean less daylight and decreased visibility. Make sure you’re wearing light colored gear. If possible, a jacket or shoes with reflective material can help make sure you’re visible to cars. If cycling is your thing, check the batteries in your bike lights and remember to turn them on if you’re exercising after dark.
Tips for Extra Comfort
I don’t know about you, but when I jog in the cold, my nose runs like nobody’s business. Now, I keep a small handkerchief in my pocket so that I can take care of the problem and keep going.
Dry weather and chilly wind is hard on your skin. Applying some petroleum-free lip balm before you head out can help prevent painful chapped lips. You might also put some lotion on your hands, arms, and face to protect your skin from the winter air.
Do any of you exercise outdoors when the weather is cold? I’d love to hear your tips in the comments!