Exercising in the Cold: What to Wear and What to Avoid

As we highlighted some of the benefits of working out in the colder months previously, we wanted to cover some additional topics that accompany it. Knowing some of the red flags of training in the cold will keep you safe but also keep you comfortable.

One of the most common questions is – What to wear?

First, what do I need? One’s first thought is to dress warm, though not completely wrong, we do not want to overdress, as our internal body temperature becomes elevated when training and not allowing for some of that heat to escape could cause damage to your body. You should defiantly always cover your head, fingers and toes as your head is where the highest percentage of heat loss is found. Covering your fingers and toes will help prevent against frostbite. Frostbite is associated with belonged exposure to colder elements, so training outside when its 40 degrees you have a very low chance of exposure. BUT, if you are training in below freezing weather, it may be something to be aware of for longer outdoor training programs. Also, when it comes to weather, be sure to avoid any rainy or windy days (check wind chill), as they will make the extreme weather seem much worse and expose your body to elements that are not needed.

Now, on to the positives! Enjoy the beautiful outdoors and your local neighborhood. You will find that your common places may be slightly different this time of year and just as enjoyable to see. Getting out in your community with your friends and family will truly have a positive effect on those involved.

Lastly – How to dress? Wear layers of different material that each do their own job. Start first with a synthetic layer, something that will help wick the moister away from your body. Next, you want to insulate your body so wear some sort of fleece or wool layer. Lastly, you want some sort of protective layer that can help repel both water and wind elements.

Just because “winter is here” does not mean we stop living our outdoors life. Get up, get dressed in layers and get moving!

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