Exercising in the cold
The winter is coming, but that doesn’t mean you should stop doing your workouts. Here are some interesting facts about exercising in the cold.
1. You probably have heard that in cold you’ll burn more calories. It’s a myth. Our body uses more energy when cooling down in the heat than it does in the cold.
2. Did you know that exercising in colder temperatures is healthier than exercising in summer? It’s true, because less energy is used to warm up in winter than it is used to cool down in summer.
3. Exercising during the winter season is more relevant, because evolutionary our body tends to store more fat in winter to keep ourselves warm, and that results in gaining extra weight. So think twice if you were going to take a break from exercising for the winter period.
4. With all these winter holidays and cold weather people tend to drink more alcohol in winter – to warm themselves, to celebrate, to feel better when it’s nasty outside. But just so you know, alcohol encourages heat loss in the body (let alone that it’s very high in calories), so when you do exercise outside it makes it harder to stay warm.
5. Enough hydrating in winter is more important than in summer, because in summer we drink a lot of water, obviously. But in winter, when it’s not hot, we might not notice the moment we’re dehydrated. And this is dangerous, because our body can lose the ability to regulate temperature. So please drink as much water in winter as you used to drink in summer.<br><br>
6. When you do static stretching in the cold, it may bring an injury risk, because if you stretch the muscles too quickly without the appropriate range of movement, the muscle can tear. You need to do dynamic movements, they will increase blood flow to the muscles and warm them quicker, plus they will improve joint flexibility as well. Also more muscles will be activated than while doing isolated stretching.
7. If you exercise outside, always protect hands and feet. First you lose heat from the hands, feet and head, so wear gloves, warm socks and a hat. You don’t have to bundle up, just protect the places that heat escapes from.
8. Stay dry. When you run in the winter and you wear cotton clothes, your sweat will soak into it, and you will stay wet. And that’s bad, because your body then will not be able to heat up due to this wet cotton, which in turn can result in flu or cold. So you better buy special clothes made of dry fit materials, it will dry quickly on you during your workout.
9. To avoid excessive sweating don’t overdress. Too much sweating can cause dehydration and use exceeding amounts of energy. If you feel cold first while warming up, don’t worry – soon your body will self-regulate your temperature and you will warm up.
10. To avoid slipping on the ice, wear a rubber studded sole to ensure you have grip.