Although sometimes it may have seemed that 2020 will never end, here we are coming closer to December. The fruits are ripe, the leaves are falling, and some countries in the Northern Hemisphere have already experienced their first frosty mornings, with more to come. Unfortunately, this time of the year also makes some forms of workout unviable. Your garden is becoming too cold for yoga, and the rest of the world, too cold for hiking and mountain biking. But fear not, there are still many forms of workout that you can practice, even when it’s cold outside.
Once the temperatures decrease, many feel reluctant to go on their morning jog, preferring to watch the sunrise from their warm homes with a steaming cup of coffee in their hands. Colder weather is, in turn, a relief for many runners after the hot and often humid summer. But there are some things to keep in mind that not all running tips for beginners cover sufficiently.
First and foremost, you need to dress for the weather. Proper layering is vital: although you may feel cold when you begin, your body will heat up fast once you start running. If it’s chilly, you should consider a pair of gloves to wear with your t-shirt and running pants, and when it gets colder, you can switch to a long-sleeved shirt and a thin jacket that you can tie around your waist when you heat up. And don’t forget to cover your head: use a headband at first, then switch for a beanie when it gets colder.
And don’t forget: you’ll start to cool down as soon as you stop running so have something warm, maybe even a dry change of clothes, at hand.
The same applies to riding your bike in cold weather: prepare for warming up as you pedal. As a general rule, always start out being a bit cold – you’ll heat up as you proceed. Overheating while pedaling is not very comfortable.
Take extra steps when protecting your head and face, especially when the temperatures are freezing: the headwind can turn your face into a red, stiff thing that doesn’t feel like your own in no time, not to mention the cracked lips and red eyes. Make sure to wear at least a headband, perhaps ear muffs, along with a pair of cycling glasses and, if you are prone to cracked lips, a face mask as well.
Don’t forget the gloves: make sure they are fit for the temperature outside. You don’t want to crash because your fingers have become too numb to grab the brakes.
And if you feel that going out into the cold weather is not for you, you can always stay inside for your daily workout.
There are plenty of ways in which you can break a sweat while staying safe and comfy at home, from simple things like crunches and squats to yoga, pilates, and many others. All this while staying comfy and warm even in the coldest days of the year.