Winter is just around the corner, which means colder weather and, for many, an added motivation to go outside and exercise. For others, however, the cold weather can be an excuse to stay warm and cozy on the couch.
Well, it’s time to stop with the excuses. There are many ways to stay warm while exercising outside in the elements—just heed these winter weather workout tips.
One of the biggest and most uncomfortable mistakes while exercising in cold weather is dressing too warmly. Once you start moving around, your body generates heat—which may be comfortable while your workout is underway but will inevitably lead to a chill when you’re finished and your sweat begins to dry. Dress in layers or add arm warmers that you can easily remove and put back on as needed. Dri-FIT or Under Armour brands are perfect in this situation because they draw sweat away from your body. Avoid cotton fabrics, since they stay wet next to your skin. Next, add a layer of fleece or wool, and top that with a breathable outer layer. I would also recommend a scarf or face mask of some sort to warm the air before it enters your lungs, especially if you have asthma.
Depending on how cold the weather is, try wearing a thin pair of gloves under a pair of larger gloves or mittens. Chances are, temperatures in Austin won’t drop too much, but it's better to be prepared if you are traveling to colder locations and want to exercise. Gloves can easily be tucked into a waistband or held in your hands if you're running or walking and get too hot. You may also consider purchasing an additional pair of running shoes that are about a half size larger so you can wear thicker, thermal socks. Don't forget a beanie or headband to keep those ears warm.
Just because it is cold doesn't mean you can slack on hydration. Drink plenty of fluids before you head outside and be sure to bring some along in a CamelBak or something similar that is easy to transport and can fit under a jacket; if it's cold enough, water can freeze in the tube.
Don't forget sunscreen on bright winter days. Even though there’s a chill in the air, the sun still possesses harsh UV rays. Wear sunglasses to guard the sensitive skin around your eyes against the chilly winds or bright sun and apply lip balm with SPF to protect your lips from getting severely chapped or wind-burned.