Our lives have changed in the past few months, and so has our exercise routines. Gym doors are still closed, so exercising at home is our new norm. First-time winter outdoor runners, here are five things to consider before heading out to exercise in cold weather.
1. Plan your workout
Check the weather forecast before you sleep so that you can plan your workout accordingly. Consider the temperature, wind and moisture, along with the length of time you’re planning to be outside. It can be unsafe to exercise outside if it’s too cold, even if you are dressed warmly, so it will do you good to plan ahead.
2. Dress for the weather
Layer your clothing and dress for the weather. You don’t want to be caught in a winter drizzle without water-proof clothing, for example. You also don’t want to dress too warmly because exercise on its own already generates a considerable amount of heat.
Have a look at this post on layering your clothes properly for cold weather.
3. Protect your skin
Make sure your skin is well moisturized to avoid dryness and flaking in winter as the air is not just cod, but also dry. Consider wearing a scarf or running mask.
4. Stay visible
Nights are longer in winter, so it might still be dark when you go for that early morning jog. Wear a reflective bib over your workout clothes or wear bright colours to be visible. Wearable flashlights are also great for increasing visibility.
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5. Know when to stop
We know you’re focused, and you want to achieve those fitness goals, but you have to know when to stop to avoid putting your health in danger. If you have a cold, or a general feeling of being unwell, do not exercise. Stay home, get the right medicine and rest until you are better.
How about a mini winter exercise gear shopping spree?
You might also want to read this post on the benefits of an active lifestyle.