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5 tips for exercising in the cold

The holiday of unbuckling your pants and undoing the top button is almost upon us. That’s right, Thanksgiving is just around the corner. If you are already planning on feasting and figure you’ll worry about those extra of couple pounds later, may we make a suggestion: Decide how you will walk it off now.

The temperatures are (finally) dropping, which means outdoor exercise has to be planned. It’s not the same spur of the moment action as in warm weather months. Exercising safely in the cold weather takes a bit of know how. Here are a few tips that will keep you motivated and warm, not to mention safe.

1. Dress in Layers

You may think that you need to throw on your heaviest parka to take a walk outside, but you could be making a mistake. You are far better to dress in layers that you can pull off. Your first layer should be made out of a material that pulls sweat away from your body. The next layer should be wool or fleece, and your outer layer should be waterproof. You may need to experiment a bit to find the right combination for you.

2. Protect Your Extremities

As your body cools down, as it will in the cold weather, blood flow will be concentrated in your core. This leaves your hands, feet and head susceptible. Make sure you have on a thin pair of gloves and then a pair of mittens over them. You can remove the mittens when your hands warm up. Do the same for your feet. Wear a thin pair of socks under a thicker, wooly pair.

3. Sunscreen

If you think you only need sunscreen in the summer, you could be making a costly error. You need just as much sun protection in the cold weather months as you do when temperatures soar. It can be even easier to get a sunburn in the winter than you believe, if the sun is reflecting off of snow on the ground. Reapply sunscreen every two hours if you are exercising and sweating.

4. Hydration

Hydration is also important in the cold weather. Drink even if you aren’t thirsty. A sports drink or a bottle of water before, during and after your workout are important. Dehydration can be harder to detect in the winter, so make sure you are drinking plenty of fluids.

5. Footwear

Your footwear is important, especially during the winter. If there is snow and ice on the ground, you will want to wear shoes that are made for that type of terrain. Wearing your worn out tennis shoes on the snow will make you more prone to slips and falls.

For more information on active adult living in Decatur, reach out to our friendly team. We have plenty of ideas for how you can stay safe and healthy as you age. Call today to discuss how we can help you maintain your independence.

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