It can be hard to go on runs or walks now that winter is approaching. It’s difficult to figure out what to wear when it’s cold but you know you’re going to sweat. Here are a few tips and tricks to make your workouts this winter better and more comfortable!
Dress “Dry” Not Just “Warm“
Dressing warm will make you lose body heat when your clothes start to get wet. Dress in synthetic fibers or “dry fit” clothes so you won’t need to cut your workout short.
After your thin base layer of synthetic fibers, use a fleece on top to lock in the warmth. If it’s snowing or raining, add a waterproof jacket on top. Remember, it is better to be prepared – you can always take off a layer of it gets too hot!
Protect Your Extremities
Headbands and gloves are great for protecting your ears and fingers from the cold. You can also use thick socks to protect your toes.
Protect Your Skin
Winter is know to make your skin dry. Remember to moisturize and use sunscreen – it’s not just for the summer!
Check Your Traction
The ground can be very slippery after rain or snow. Make sure your shoes are not too worn out and you are walking or running on plowed or salted areas.
Warm-ups are very important, especially in the winter. Get your blood flowing before to avoid injuries.
Breathing can get harder in cold weather because airways narrow in the cold. Use a bandana or scarf over your mouth to keep water vapor in when you breathe out.
Give these tricks a try this winter. They’re sure to make your outdoor winter workouts last longer and be more effective!
Written by GUADS staff member Emily, with contributions from everydayhealth.com