If you live in a cold climate this time of year, then you might be shying away from your favorite trails in favor of the gym. That’s not necessary, my friend! You can get your outdoor fix and your workout at the same time, come rain, wind or snow. Here are some things to remember when you’re pushing through the elements:
- Stay hydrated – it’s easy to forget to hydrate properly when you aren’t as warm as you would be in warmer weather. Shoot for eight to 16 ounces of water (or more) per hour.
- Keep yourself covered – layers are best for cold weather to moderate your temperature. Just be sure to maintain one thin layer on all your extremities to prevent wind burn and frostbite
- Refuel your glycogen stores – cold weather will deplete your glycogen stores faster than in warm weather, so bring some carbohydrate-laden fuel along on those cold weather workouts.
- Don’t get soggy – you will still sweat in cold weather, so be sure to make your lower layers the thin, moisture-wicking material with thicker outer layers. This will prevent chilly sweat resting on your skin once you cool down.
Follow these cold weather training tips for a safe and enjoyable workout this time of year. Once you find yourself basking in the warmth of your home, you can reward yourself with a warm mug of hot cider or hot chocolate. It will feel that much better after being out in that winter wonderland!