Working Out In The Winter
Exercise is great for your body, your mind, and your overall health and you can do so many different things that count as physical activity. The problem for most people comes along with the cold winter months, with many people choosing to forgo their workout routine until the springtime. It’s shown that as many as 76 percent of people completely lose all motivation to exercise during the winter, and that’s no good at all.
A large part of this lack of motivation in the winter time of course has to do with the cold; nobody wants to go outside when it’s freezing cold. Also, the lack of sunshine and daylight also seems to play a big role in sapping the motivation out of people. The problem with this is that those same people then tend to lose muscle and gain weight during the winter months, something that should be avoided at all costs.
The thing is that the cold weather really is a great excuse that you can use not to work out, but that really has more to do with your attitude than anything else. If you find the right way to workout, adjust your plans to the weather, and most important of all, if you dress right, then working out in the winter doesn’t have to be a drag. Keep reading and find out just how you can find the motivation as well as the right way to exercise during the winter.
Wear The Right Clothes
One of the most important things that you can do when working out in the winter is to wear the right clothes. Being cold isn’t any fun, but you don’t have to be cold if you wear the appropriate gear. You don’t want to have only one layer on because that will make you shiver like never before, but you also don’t want to be bundled up like a 4 year old child wearing a 5 inch thick snowsuit, that won’t be comfortable either. The right way to go about it is to layer up. Wearing the right layers when working out in the cold is really important because it will keep you warm, comfortable, and motivated too. Ideally you are going to want to wear 3 separate layers.
The first layer is one that will wick away the moisture from your skin so you don’t get cold and wet from your own sweat. The second layer is the layer which will keep you warm. And the third layer on the outside is the layer which will keep the rain, snow, and wind from getting to you. Keep in mind that a material like cotton isn’t going to do well because it tends to absorb moisture instead of getting it away from your body. Your best bet is to wear synthetic clothes that are specially designed for wet and cold winter workouts.
This layering technique not only applies to your upper half, but your lower half as well, which is why you should wear long underwear under your track pants or sweat pants. Also, if it is really cold outside, you are going to want to wear gloves, a hat, well insulated shoes, and maybe even a facemask. Your extremities like your fingers, toes, ears, and your nose are very vulnerable to the cold and especially to frostbite so be sure to cover up accordingly.