If you usually train outside, winter weather can interfere with your normal routine. Don’t let the cold throw you for a loop, though. There are plenty of options for training during the winter months so you can stay in peak physical condition.
Benefits of Training in the Winter
- Acclimate your body to exercising in different conditions – Exercising in the cold requires your body to work harder to heat up, which gives you increased circulation. You will burn more calories and fat stores because of the extra work your body must do.
- Getting sunlight can boost your mood – During the winter months, many people suffer from seasonal affective disorder. Having some time in the sunshine can help combat depression symptoms.
- Exercise boosts endorphins – Any kind of exercise, even training indoors during the winter months, will boost your endorphins and help combat seasonal depression symptoms.
- Undo the holidays – We tend to relax, spend time with loved ones and celebrate, typically with a lot of food. Our food choices aren’t always fueling our athletic goals during the holidays, so use the winter months to get back into a training routine and get your nutrition back on track.
- Keep your skills sharp – Don’t use the cold winter months as an excuse to take some time off. Whether you’re training indoors or outdoors, keep your skills for your preferred sport sharp so you don’t lose your edge during this season.
Tips for Winter Training
- Watch the weather – If you plan to exercise outdoors, as long as you are dressed properly for the weather, you can work out in temperatures as low as 20 degrees Fahrenheit. Keep an eye on the wind chill factor to make sure it’s not below -20 degrees Fahrenheit, because you can get frostbite at those temperatures. Don’t exercise in dangerous conditions like snow and ice, as you could slip and injure yourself.
- Dress appropriately – Your body will warm up as you exercise, so dress in layers that keep you dry, such as those made of sweat-wicking material. Stay away from cotton sweats, as they will absorb your sweat and make you colder. Cover as much exposed skin as possible and keep your hands, head and feet warm. If the air you’re breathing is too cold for your comfort, wear a light scarf or bandana around your nose and mouth to warm the air you’re breathing.
- Move your workouts indoors – If the weather is just too bad to exercise outside, move your workouts indoors. Competitive Edge has facilities to train for just about any sport, as well as group fitness classes, camps, clinics and personal training. We have everything you need to stay in peak physical condition throughout the cold winter months.
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