Winter time is here! As the temperatures drop dramatically, we all need to adapt our exercise routines so we don’t suffer with the cold weather. We decided to list 5 valuable tips so you can keep active during the chilly months of the year. layer up and go train!
Warm up better: in cold weather, your body takes longer to get ready to exercise. That’s why it is important to warm up properly and for a longer period of time. The post-workout stretching is also crucial to prevent tissue damage following practice, however, it is recommended that it be done with the body still heated up.
Keep warm: Once you are all heated up and ready to go, it is vital to maintain your body temperature. That’s why it is important to use a rash guard underneath the gi. Also, after training it is important to change out of sweaty gi quickly so you don’t end up wearing cold wet clothes.
Hydrate: No matter how cold it is, if you exercise you need water. Don’t make the mistake of not allowing your body to rehydrate just because you’re not sweating as much because of the cold. The recommendation is to try to drink at least 50% more water than what it is normally consumed on a normal day without exercising.
Emphasize intensity: Too cold to go out and run for an hour? A good alternative for cold weather training is to decrease the duration of training and to emphasize on intensity. This way you can strongly work on your fitness and conditioning in a less period of time.
Get off your butt: The cold weather makes us just want to stay under the covers. Avoid that by setting goals for winter time and try to work out at the hottest time of the day. Also, find a good indoors alternative for the activities you usually do outside during the hotter months of the year.