Winter Workout Precautions
Exercising is really great for your fitness level, your mentality, and your overall health. Working out inside is good and all, but exercising outdoors is much more fun, especially because you get to see new people and can inhale some fresh air too. Exercising on a warm spring or summer day is perhaps the best time to go outside and move about. Yet, it’s not always warm outside, and for many people, the winter months can pose quite a challenge to their workout routine.
Right now, it is perhaps the coldest time of the year; February is usually the coldest month out of them all. Just because it’s cold out doesn’t mean that you should sacrifice your outdoor workout routine. Sure, the cold can pose somewhat of a nuisance as well as a danger too, but that doesn’t mean you need to stop getting that much needed exercise. There are a few things you can do, including paying attention to the weather, especially the temperature, and take some other safety precautions, in order to keep going with your winter workout.
There are of course bad situations, bad situations that go to worse very quickly, and you’ve probably heard of stories of people who succumb to the cold on Mount Everest, get frost bite while out in the woods, or even get hypothermia after just a short amount of time. Those stories of frostbite, hypothermia, and even death don’t have to trouble you, and they don’t have to become a reality for you either. Being an avid outdoor exerciser, you risk getting these conditions even when you are just exercising near your home, and if you don’t take the proper precautions they can surely take a toll on you.
The number one threat to anyone exercising outdoors is hypothermia, a condition that entails having dangerously low blood temperature, below 95 degrees Fahrenheit, and it happens when your body can no longer generate enough heat to battle the cold from the outside. Generally speaking, people get hypothermia because of prolonged exposure to extremely cold temperatures, and even wearing a lot of clothing will not help if that clothing is wet or sweaty, especially if it is windy too.