Exercising During the Winter
Cold weather can deter even the most motivated exerciser. And if you are one that doesn’t have that sky-high level of motivation, the arrival of winter weather could cause you to put the exercise clothes away until spring. But cold weather doesn’t have to mean the end of your exercise. Try a few of these tips to stay warm and dry until the arrival of spring.
- Pay close attention to the weather, particularly the wind chill. Be sure to know what the weather is going to be like for the 30, 60 or even 90 minutes you plan to be out. Wind chill can make exercising outdoors dangerous even if you dress properly. If the wind chill is forecasted to be extreme, it is best to stay in that day or at least wait until the wind chill advisory is lifted.
- Know the signs of frostbite and hypothermia. Early warning signs of frostbite include loss of feeling in the affected area or a stinging sensation. If frostbite is suspected, get indoors immediately and begin to slowly warm the area. Hypothermia is characterized as having a dangerously low body temperature. Signs of hypothermia include intense shivering, slurred speech and loss of coordination. Emergency help should be sought immediately for someone suffering from hypothermia.
- Dress in layers. A mistake some people make is to actually dress too warmly when exercising in cold weather. Exercising obviously produces heat, but the evaporation from a lot of sweat can make your body chilled. The best way to dress would be to wear a thin moisture-wicking material on your skin. Add a fleece layer next and top it off with a water-resistant outer layer. It may take a few attempts to figure out which materials and how many layers work best for you.
- Stay hydrated. It’s just as important for the exerciser to drink plenty of fluids in January as it is in July. Make sure to drink before, during and after your workout.
- If you are completely opposed to exercising outdoors in the winter, residents can utilize the on-campus fitness center, pool and spa. Many of our residents and staff walk the hallways and staircases of apartment buildings.