How To Stay Active In Winter
Picture This... You're waking up in the dark, leaving work in the dark, and spending a good proportion of the intervening time underground or desk-bound. Healthy meals and starving yourself seem more attractive than the chilly outdoors, or a busy gym. Things soon start to slip...The next thing you know, ALL your summer progress is down the drain... Your thinking to yourself...Surely There must be another way...
Ignore The Cold... Motivate Yourself And Get Outside!
We know exercise in the cold can be tough, especially at the start, most the times you'll be thinking to yourself you'll have frozen to death by the time your back home. The cold isn't going to go anywhere, you've just got to deal with it. Research from the University of Maastricht in the Netherlands suggests that once you’ve acclimatized, exercising in the cold burns fat quicker than more comfortable temperatures because deposits of so-called “brown fat” are activated as the body learns to get warmer, faster. So Surprisingly, winter might even be better for weight management than those jogs in more pleasant weather.
Warm Up Inside
Take five to 10 minutes and do some low-level aerobic exercise like jogging in place or doing jumping jacks, That way, when you step outside, you'll already be warm. Dressing properly can also help. Wear layers so that you can peel them off as your body temperature increases.
The right clothing will make a huge difference to your experience. Don't forget :
- A lightweight top made of technical fabric
- Lightweight fleece for dry weather
- Breathable, light waterproof for rain
- Leggings, running tight, tracksuit trousers or shorts
- A beanie hat
Bright colours and reflective strips are best for dark winter nights and mornings. If your clothes are dark, then a reflective bib or head-torch will keep you safer. Stick to well-lit, familiar areas.
Most experts suggest that if it’s really icy out, reschedule outdoor exercise—injuries take a long time to heal and it’s not worth the risk. If you need music or a podcast, turn the volume low and just listen with one ear-bud, staying aware of what’s going on around you.
At the end of the day, it's better to be safe than sorry! Now Get Out There... It can't be that cold!