Winter is the best time of year for street workouts. The cold and snow forces you to work hard and stay focused on what’s important: your body, your mental health, and making yourself a better person.
But it can also be tough if you aren’t used to working out in extreme conditions or don’t know how to dress properly for winter workouts. Here are some tips that will help you get started with outdoor exercise this winter.
- Dress Appropriately
The most important thing to remember when dressing for winter workouts is that you will become colder than usual. To help counteract this effect, wear layers and make sure the material of your clothing allows air to circulate around your body (i.e. not cotton). The key is air circulation because it keeps you warm without you having to generate extra body heat.
- Gloves and Hats
As soon as you start the workout, wear your gloves. If it’s too cold to wear them outside (gloves get wet very quickly), wear them under your sleeves or pants until you are ready to start the movement. When done with a set, remove your gloves for a few seconds to let blood flow back into your fingers, then put them back on until you are ready to start the next set.
- Heat Management
Pay attention to your body temperature and keep active in order to maintain a good internal heat level. Ultimately, you want to have enough excess heat in your body so that you can easily regulate it during a workout, and not feel cold at any point. To this end, it is recommended to consume some warm liquid before starting the workout (cocoa for example), and then during a rest period drink cold liquid (like soda).