Though most of us can’t wait for the snow to melt, the transition from Winter into Spring can be a tricky one for outdoor fitness. Our exercise department put together some tips for your next outside workout.
- Dress “dry” not just “warm.”- the quickest way to lose body heat is by getting wet. Getting wet by sweat or puddles can leave you chilled and miserable.
- Cotton isn’t for workout wear– Cotton soaks up moisture and holds it in.
- Protect your skin– Winter time means dry air. It’s important to be hydrated inside and out. Drink plenty of water and moisturize your skin to prevent cracking.
- Don’t overdress– Overdressing can often lead to making you too hot and sweaty. It also puts you at risk for dehydration because of excess perspiration.
- Protect your extremities– Blood flow is pushed to the core of your body, leaving less blood (and warmth) available to the hands and feet. Wear gloves or mittens; you can take them off if you get too hot. Put on some moisture-wicking socks for your feet.
Exercising is important to achieve overall health. Think of these tips next time you’re getting ready to go on an outdoor run!