Quick show of hands—who likes training outside in the freezing cold?! That’s just what I expected, not many of you. Though it may not be the ideal choice for training weather, there are some great benefits that come along with training in cold weather.
Cold weather training can actually lead to a higher calorie burn than normal be your body expends more energy to stay warm. So during the winter months, when majority of Americans put on 1 to 2 pounds, you will have the insight and know-how of staying active outside…even when it’s snowing!!
1. Wear a thick base layer
The goal of training outside (quite obviously) is to stay warm. But that doesn’t mean layering 3-4 shirts on your body to go on a run. Instead, wear long-sleeved tops and leggings that are made of fabric designed to wick away moister. This will keep you dry and warm for the duration of your workout.
2. Sport some shades
We all know what it’s like to step outside on a sunny, yet snowy, day. It’s blinding!!! We encourage all outdoor fitness fanatics to wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from the brightness. White snow makes for a super reflector of sunlight—too much exposure could damage your eye sight.
3. Don’t forget H2O
One of the most common problems during winter training that no one accounts for is dehydration. Because of the cool temperatures, you may feel completely hydrated. But in reality, you’re working out, and your body is still losing water. Be sure to drink up!!
4. Get down
A down coat or jacket is a great workout staple because it’s super insulating and also very light weight. You won’t feel constricted by bulkiness you’d normally get from multiple layers. Try out a down vest so you can still move your arms freely if you go for an outdoor run in the winter.
5. Don’t forget your hat and gloves
Mother knows best!!! Your mom may have reminded you time and time again to always bring your hat and gloves with you…and now, we’re preaching the same!! Gloves are especially important to wear when working out. Your hands will not get as much blood flow when you’re running, so it’s easier for them to get cold.
6. Warm up and cool down
This is important no matter what time of year it is. Your body always needs a little time to adjust to new conditions. Also be sure to resist the urge to shed all your layers once your get back indoors, let your body readjust to the change in temperature.
Whether you’re training for a spring marathon or are just sticking to your fitness goals, the cold weather doesn’t have to be an obstacle that bogs you down!! Just know your limits and don’t stay out too long (hyperthermia is no fun and can cause some serious health problems). As long as you stay committed and put the work in, you’ll have abs by the first thaw—and keep ‘em for swim suit season!!!