Cold Weather Workouts to Keep You Safe & Warm March 22, 2016
Cold Weather Workouts to Keep You Safe & Warm March 22, 2016

Staying in shape is a year-round effort—even though the climate in many regions doesn’t cooperate. In those locales where spring-like climes are still a month or more away, you may need to get outside to give your workout a little boost.

There are some advantages to working out in the cold, such as increased calorie burn and the mental benefits of getting some sun and fresh air in the dreary winter months. However, it’s important to keep safety in mind as well. Here are four tips to remember as you embark on a cold-weather workout.

Tip #1: Avoid an instant deep freeze.
Our bodies need time to adjust to new stresses and new conditions. So don’t try to dive straight into an aggressive, ambitious workout program in frigid conditions. Start off slow, with short sessions; it gives your body an opportunity to acclimate to the lower temperatures.

Tip #2: It’s not uncool to bundle up.
It’s really important to dress properly for chilly weather. Be sure to check the weather forecast: There’s a big difference between 20 degrees above zero and five below, so dress appropriately with plenty of wicking layers.

Tip #3: Drink up! (Because you can dehydrate in the winter, too.)
Jogging amid snow drifts doesn’t necessarily conjure up images of a heavy sweat. But your body must remain hydrated during exercise, no matter what the temperature. Don’t believe us? Your steamy breath is a wintry form of dehydration. Be sure to drink water before, during and after your workout.

Tip #4: Stay dry.
Cold weather comes with a double whammy when you also get wet. Stay dry—and warm—by following these tips from the Mayo Clinic.

While the thought of it might initially seem unpleasant, working out in the cold can be refreshing and energizing. By keeping the tips above in mind, you’ll learn how to embrace the cold, and get through the rest of winter without compromising your fitness goals.


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