With a rapid drop in temperature, and traveling to and from work in the dark, its harder than ever to get up and out for a run or hit the gym.
So, what kind of training can you do throughout winter? From indoor workouts, boxing and gym session, to outdoor session that will keep you sweaty and warm – boot camps and running clubs don’t cease to exist over the winter period.
Tips for keeping fit this winter
Winter is an awesome season! And yet we often only focus on the negative. There’s something quite spectacular about being out and about early, when the day is often at its most crisp and refreshing.
There will be fewer people around both early morning and in the evening so enjoy the peace and the mood lighting, whether you’re off for a run or travelling to a gym.
“Preparation is key to success”
Preparation is key to success and definitely applies to exercise. Figure out exactly what you’re going to do and what you’ll need the night before. Pack your gym bag, lay out your clothes, know what time you’ll need to leave, and especially if you’re going to a new venue, have your journey mapped out.
Layers are a fantastic way to deal with the issue of needing to stay warm pre-workout, then coping with overheating once you get your blood pumping.
Choose smart layers though:
– Light, thin layers
– Opt for a sweat-wicking base layer (wool blends, silk or synthetic materials such as polypropylene)
– A fleece layer for warmth
– If the weather is windy or rainy, take a breathable outer jacket.
– Avoid anything made from plastic or rubber as this can trap moisture and make you cold!
– And the frost is real, don’t forget a light pair of gloves and a hat which covers your ears. Again, wool-blends are great as even, thin layers keep you toasty.
Be seen. Be safe.
With days getting darker earlier and with increased likelihood of rain and ice, it’s important you’ve got safety as a priority. Bikes and cars are all hazards and to stay safe, you’ve got to be seen.
Invest in clothes with reflective strips built into the garments or buy high-vis or reflective tape which you can stick or sew onto your jacket or backpack. If you’re cycling, back and front lights are a must, along with a helmet.
If you’re the kind of person who hates the cold, don’t force it and take workouts indoors instead. After all, any fitness is better than none!
There are more studios and gyms than ever before, each with their own unique classes so you’ll be sure to find a class you love. Really hate the cold? Sign up for a hot yoga class and stretch your stresses out.
Try something new
If your bored of hitting the gym every morning before work, or getting those miles in during an evening run, why not try something new – Swimming.
Swimming is a great way to stay out of the cold weather, but still get a full body workout. In a 20-minute swim, you can burn almost three times the number of calories as a brisk 20-minute walk.
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