It’s cold outside, which means it’s time for some cold weather workouts. But before you head out the door, make sure you’re prepared for the elements and know how to stay safe during your workout.
Whether you’re running in the snow or biking on ice, extreme cold puts your body at risk of hypothermia, frostbite, and other injuries.
If you’re determined to get your workout in despite the weather, follow these tips to stay safe:
- Stay hydrated: It’s important to drink water throughout the day, but even more so during cold weather workouts. If you haven’t already done so, stock up on a few cases of bottled water so you’ll always have a supply on hand when you need it most.
- Wear appropriate clothes: When you’re outside exercising in the winter, wear layers and make sure they’re appropriate for your activity level. Your body temperature fluctuates during exercise, so make sure your clothing will keep you warm enough when you’re working out yet still allow you to cool down after your workout is over.
- Choose layers made from synthetic fibers like polyester or fleece instead of cotton, because cotton tends to soak up moisture and lose its insulating properties when wet. Also, make sure each layer fits very snugly against your skin — this will help prevent heat loss through evaporation.
- Be prepared for emergencies. Cold weather workouts can be especially dangerous if something goes wrong — whether it’s getting lost in the woods or suffering an injury during your workout. Make sure that you always have emergency supplies with you just in case something happens while you’re out exercising in the wintertime.
- Don’t overexert yourself during a cold-weather workout. If you feel dizzy or lightheaded, stop immediately and head indoors to warm up before starting again when you’re ready.
- Wear bright colors so cars can see you better if there’s snow on the ground.