4 Tips for Working Out in the Cold….Burr!

As the cold weather is approaching on the east coach, some people cringe at the idea of moving their workout into a gym.  Working out in the cold weather isn’t out of the question, in fact, the UN National Safety Council says it’s ok to exercise in 20 degree Fahrenheit temperatures, but as soon as the wind chill drops the temperature below 0 degrees Fahrenheit, then it’s time to move the workout indoors.
When working out in the cold temperatures, follow these 4 easy tips and it will make a significant positive impact on your workout:

  1. Layer up!  There are 3 simple layers you should use when getting dressed to work out.   The first layer should be a very tight fitting synthetic material that will dry quickly and wick away the sweat from your body.  The second layer should be a polyester fleece (or wool) to keep you warm.  The third and outside layer should be a lightweight breathable material that repels water to help keep you dry.  Layering is important because you can take off a layer as you warm up and still stay warm and dry.
  2. Cover up your head.  Adding a hat will make a significant difference in your warmth.  You have probably heard it many times growing up and yes, its true – about 50% of your body heat is lost through your head.  They make special hats for working out so cover up your head to keep yourself warm.
  3. Cover your hands.  Wearing gloves is very important to protect your skin from frostbite.  Keeping your fingers and toes warm is important, as your body will push blood away from them in the cold temperatures to protect your internal organs by keeping them warm.
  4. Don’t wear cotton.  Cotton is heavy and soaks up a lot of sweat.  Once the cotton fabrics get wet, they will get cold and make you feel even colder.  Your workout will suffer (and so will your health), so stick with a synthetic or polyester material that will wick the sweat away from your body, dry fast, and stay light in weight.

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