Healthy Living: How to Survive Cold Weather Exercising

Jogging Together

New Year’s resolutions are born during the coldest season of the year. For many, the idea of running is hard enough without adding a layer of snowfall to the equation. Don’t let foul weather discourage you from continuing with fitness goals. By following a few simple suggestions,  winter running can become just another hurdle you’ll clear.

Wear the Right Clothes

It’s important to choose the right clothes for your climate. While winter jackets and waterproof pants and shirts may be a staple for the east coast, in the southwest jogging pants and a sweat shirt will probably get you through. It’s important that you are able to move appropriately and able to see your surroundings for safety sake. Layers are the way to go for many and keeping your head, feet and hands warm will do wonders for an overall warming effect. Wristlettes and arm warmers add a nice extra layer of warm that can be removed if you get too heated up. Mittens provide delightful warmth using your body heat.

Protect Your Peepers

Sunglasses are relevant regardless of if your part of the world is packed full of gray clouds or miles of clear, blue skies. The sun penetrates cloud cover and reflects off the snow into your eyes, so keep them protected. The shades also work to keep particles from your eyes and face and can be quite helpful on windy days.

Drink Up

When it’s cold out, it’s easier for the body to become tricked into a false sense of hydration. It extremely important to drink adequate fluids before, during and after your exercise routine. Some runners believe a shot of coffee before a run can help with energy, so brew the pot before your run and enjoy a little before retuning for your full morning cup o’ Joe.

What to Watch for

If the temperature falls below zero degrees then you should probably consider an indoor activity to keep your blood pumping. Likewise, cold weather puts your outer extremities at risk for frost bite, so check hands and feet frequently on longer runs. Cold weather also can cause respiratory distress in some people or bring on chest pains in others. Although the likelihood is minimal, you should always see a doctor before beginning any exercise regimen or when there are particular concerns with breathing difficulty and heart problems.

What type of exercise routine keeps you moving in the winter and how do you warm up after wards?

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  1. My love, Frank, is a fan of running and has been for quite sometime. The movement keeps his energy and spirits up and his body in excellent condition. We live in New York and this winter has been pretty brutal. The amount of ice on the sidewalks and other surfaces poses a dangerous problem for even the slow pace walkers, so running at times is risky. Plumping up during the winter on the East coast is real easy to do unless you really take the time to find alternatives for exercise routines. We have discovered great youtube yoga workouts that we can do 3-4 times a week indoors. In one week I have already felt the difference (in inches) around my waist and back area. My upper body is rejuvenated and my mente is much more centered. * If anyone is interested in workouts that incorporated mental relaxation, look up Yoga For Weight Loss on youtube * great stuff.

  2. First of all KUDOS to all of you who are willing to brave a work out in the cold! It’s just not my cup of tea which explains the 5-6 lbs or so I put on every winter (lol). These are great tips and can be applied to kiddies who have to fare the cold while waiting at the bus stop.