If you’re able to find the motivation to go outside for a workout in the cold, you’ll want to make sure you’re staying as safe as possible. Knowing how to dress for the weather and checking the forecast are just some of the ways to keep yourself safe while exercising. Listed below are a few other wintertime workout safety tips.
Check the Weather
Before attempting to exercise outside in winter, the temperature, wind chill, and potential for snow and rain are all important considerations to keep in mind. Wearing protective clothing is crucial for the safety and comfort of anyone who chooses to exercise in cold weather.
Depending on the temperatures where you live, wind can pierce through unprotected clothing, and any skin that is left exposed can be subject to frostbite. If temperatures go below zero degrees Fahrenheit or the wind chill becomes extreme, it may be best to finish exercising inside.
While you don’t want to be cold during your workout, you don’t want to be too warm either. Exercising generates heat, so your body will start to feel warmer as you start moving. As sweat evaporates, heat is pulled from the body, and you’ll start to feel cold again. The best solution to this problem is to wear layers that you can take off as you warm up and then put back on as you start to cool down. The layer closest to your skin should be sweat-wicking and made of synthetic material instead of cotton.
Know the Warning Signs
Knowing the signs of hypothermia and frostbite could save your life. The early signs of frostbite are numbness, stinging, and loss of feeling. The signs of hypo thermia include severe shivering, loss of coordination, slurred speech, and fatigue. If you think that you have frostbite or hypothermia, go inside immediately, and seek medical help.
Talk to Your Doctor
Working out during the winter puts different demands on the body than working out during the warmer weather does. If you have a heart problem, asthma, or any type of disease or illness, talk to your doctor before launching a cold weather workout plan.
If you’re lacking motivation to exercise during the wintertime, these safety tips may help you feel more comfortable with heading outside. Knowing how to keep yourself safe, warm, and protected may be just the thing you need to get back to your regular workout regime.
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