During the fall and winter months, outdoor workouts can help increase your endurance and boost your mood. As the weather begins to get colder, it’s important to know how to safely conduct your outdoor workouts. We’ve gathered a few tips to help you stay warm throughout all your outdoor workouts.
Don’t Skip the Warm Up
In colder temperatures, your body is more at risk of muscle strains and sprains. Taking the time to warm up is essential for any outdoor workout. A dynamic warm-up routine helps to get your blood flowing and warms up your muscles. Some great dynamic warm-up exercises include lunges, squats, and arm swings.
Dress in Layers
Cold weather calls for layering up. To keep your body warm from the cold temperatures, it's recommended to wear several layers of clothing. This includes a thin layer of sweat-wicking material that will pull the moisture away from your body. Next, a fleece layer for extra warmth. Depending on the weather, a waterproof outer layer can be used to keep the elements off of your body.
Protect Your Extremities
Did you know that your fingers, toes, and ears can be most affected by harsh temperatures? During cold weather, your body concentrates on keeping your core warm. As a result, these parts of the body are more vulnerable to frostbite. To keep the warmth in, it’s recommended that you wear gloves, thick socks, and a hat/headband.
Know the Warning Signs
With extremely cold temperatures, it’s important to know the signs of frostbite and hypothermia. Frostbite occurs when your skin is exposed to extremely cold temperatures. Signs include numbness and loss of feeling. Hypothermia occurs when your body loses heat faster than it can produce it. Signs of hypothermia include shivering, slurred speech, and intense shivering.
Don’t forget to prioritize your hydration needs before, during, and after your cold weather workouts. During the fall and winter months, it’s very common for people to get dehydrated because they aren’t feeling as thirsty. Use our Ace 24oz Stainless Steel Water Bottle to keep dehydration at bay. The one-touch push button design makes it easy to hydrate no matter the workout.