Exercising in winter can be a challenge. Colder temperatures, winter darkness and other extremes can all make winter a difficult time to get physical activity. If you're a physically active person who likes to be outside in winter, these 4 tips can help you exercise safely outdoors.
1. Wear Bright Colors
Winter is a time of darkness. It's dark until late every morning, and it gets dark early at nightfall. Wearing bright colors at dusk and in the early morning is important when you're exercising on the sidewalks and near streets. Bright colors, like neon yellow, will help you stay visible, so drivers are more likely to spot you as they're driving past.
Know when to wear reflective clothing. If you're out in dusky conditions, bright clothes are enough. If you're in total darkness, wear reflective clothing.
2. Warm Up Before Heading Out
Warming up before you head out on a cold day will help get your blood pumping. Do stretches indoors in your living room or basement. If you don't know any warm-up exercises, do some jumping jacks, then run in place indoors.
3. Use Lotion
Winter air can be very drying, especially if you're out running. Use lotion generously on the parts of your body that are exposed to colder winter air. Check your skin regularly for dryness. If you often suffer from dry skin, carry lotion around in a purse or a handbag, so you can use it when it's needed.
4. Dress in Layers
Dressing in layers is important because you'll get warmer as you become more physically active. Wear layers that are lightweight and are designed to wick sweat away from the body. You can buy specialized exercise clothes for this purpose at the local gym or local sporting goods store.
Have a plan to wrap your extra layers around your waist or carry them in a backpack as you shed clothes throughout the workout.
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