Staying Active in Winter

You may either pull the covers over your head and go back to sleep when winter arrives, or you can dress up and embark on an outdoor winter adventure!

When the weather becomes colder, there’s no need to stop exercising. In fact, going out in the fall and winter offers some significant advantages versus working out in the summer.

Consider the following suggestions:

  • There’s no need to struggle with the heat and humidity. The coolness of winter may even help you feel more awake and energized.
  • In chilly weather, you may be able to exercise for longer periods of time, allowing you to burn even more calories.
  • It’s a fantastic way to soak up the sun (in small doses). Light not only improves many people’s emotions, but it also aids in the absorption of vitamin D.
  • During the cold and flu season, exercise strengthens your immunity. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, only a few minutes a day can help avoid basic bacterial and viral diseases.

Try one of the following outdoor activities:

  • Hiking or brisk walking
  • Running or jogging
  • Snow shoveling

Keep warm and be safe.

It’s all about layers when it comes to staying warm and dry when exercising in the cold. Cold weather concerns such as hypothermia and frostbite can be avoided with intentional planning.

Your body heat is robbed by cold temperatures, strong winds, and moist situations (such as rain and snow). A 30-degree day with a 30-mile-per-hour wind, for example, feels like 15 degrees, according to the National Weather Service. And becoming wet (from rain, snow, or sweat) amplifies the impact. That is why it is critical to dress in layers. They aid in the trapping of heat and act as an insulator against the weather.

Resist the urge to begin layering with cotton. When cotton absorbs moisture from perspiration or snow, the moisture is retained, making you feel colder (and heavier). You want something that wicks moisture away from your skin as your first layer, such moisture wicking materials used in high-performance sportswear. Next, add a layer of fleece; finally, top with a thin waterproof layer.

How do you stay active in the winter? 

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