The weather has turned, and many animals, such as squirrels, rabbits and bears, are taking their annual nap. As you’re sitting there at the window, looking at a sea of freshly fallen snow, you might be starting to think these woodland critters have the right idea. However you don’t have to put your winter exercise plans into hibernation just because it’s cold out. You just need to be prepared.
Wear reflective gear. Lighting conditions are often gloomy or foggy in the winter, and it’s important to wear appropriate gear if you're going to be on the roads. Just because you can see the car doesn’t mean the car can see you.
Know your opponent. Check the forecast before heading outside. In the winter, the weather can quickly turn on you. Remember it’s not just the air temperature, it’s also the wind.
Protect your head and your feet. Heat and moisture are lost in these areas of your body first, so plan ahead with a hat and gloves. In extreme temperatures, any exposed skin is vulnerable to frostbite.
Wear synthetic, breathable fabrics. These materials may be more artificial than a pop tart, but they wick away moisture, keeping you dry and comfortable. More importantly, they keep you safe, since the last thing you want to be on a cold day is wet.
Warm-up before you head outside. Your body will naturally tense up when it’s exposed to cold temperatures, increasing the risk of muscle pulls and other injuries.
The woodland critters may be snuggled in their beds for the winter, but you don’t have to be. Use these suggestions to keep your exercise program going until the spring thaw.