What's the worst part of working out in the winter? That it's dark out like, all the time?
Nah, it's the cold!
Well, we're here to tell you that there are ways for you to cope, and it's all about your game plan:
"Come with a different game plan for the winter. Motivation tends to wane a bit, so explore different activities, including things you can do in your own home. Have a flexible approach to your fitness routine as the weather changes."
And if you just can't quit working out outside, here's what you do:
"Wear layers. That's really important when it's cold outside and make sure you're not becoming wet. Heavy cotton soaks up sweat, so you might want to stick with wool or polyester: something water repellent. The second can be a little heavier, but still avoid heavy cotton."
Also, wear your hat and gloves. Don't get cocky!
Check the temperature and HYRDRATE!:
"In temperatures below zero, consider a scarf or face mask, kept loosely over mouth, to warm the air a little bit before it gets into your body," Matthews said.
Sometimes it's just too cold outside.
"Check the air temperature and wind chill factor before exercising in the cold," Matthews said. "Data from the National Safety Council suggest that when the wind chill factor falls below -20 degrees Fahrenheit (-29 Celsius), a danger zone exists. It's too easy to forget to hydrate in the cold, and it's so important to stay hydrated in winter. You are going to sweat."
We hope these tips help! One of the worst things is letting your routine slip because it's cold outside, so do what you can to stay on track — you just gotta be healthy and smart about it!
Enjoy the winter, guys!
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