Top Tips for Working Out When It’s Cold

As the weather turns cooler, we always hear this question: “Can I still train?”

The answer: yes!

You just have to be prepared.

With that in mind, here are our top tips for staying active outside in winter.

1. Check the Forecast

Before you head to the gym, be sure to check a weather app. Sunny days can turn rainy, cold days can turn wet and windy, and sometimes the temperature will change dramatically.

Get as much info as you can and then bring the clothing and footwear you’ll need to be comfortable. Forecasts aren’t always accurate, so you’ll never regret bringing some extra gear in case conditions change.

2. Dress in Layers

Ever walk into a gym feeling chilly but wish you’d worn lighter clothing when you’re sweating heavily after 10 minutes? It happens.

The best plan is to use layers. Start with something that wicks moisture away from the skin, then add a warmer layer.

You can, of course, add more layers, and you can take clothes off as needed to be comfortable.

3. Pay Attention to the Hands and Feet

It’s not uncommon for winter workouts to be ruined by cold hands and feet—especially if you’re holding fitness equipment that’s very cold or if your feet got wet. Pack gloves or warm hands, and dry socks in your “backup kit.”

4. Protect Your Head

You can lose a lot of heat through your scalp, and ears can freeze quickly. Wear a hat or headbands so you can pick the perfect option for the conditions. A scarf or neck gaiter can also come in handy.

5. Ease Into It

When it’s cold, take extra time to warm up. Be sure your muscles and joints are ready before you rip into something. Take as much time as you need.

You’ll know your warm-up is having the right effect if you start breathing heavier and feel like removing a layer.

6. Have Fun

Winter workouts can be a lot of fun even if they require more preparation. Many people feel down during the months with less sunlight, and being active can really boost your mood.

Get to the gym and get moving!

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