Just because the weather is cooler, it doesn’t mean that your outdoor workouts have to stop. In fact, many health experts recommend that you continue exercising outdoors. Exposure to natural sunlight can help boost mood and help fight off seasonal depression.
This week’s news roundup brings to you a collection of articles and blog posts related to working out in cold weather.
Cold-Weather Workouts. Women’s Health. “Outdoor exercise can crank up your energy while decreasing tension, frustration, and depression, according to recent research published in Environmental Science & Technology.”
Why You Should Work Out In Cold Weather: A Doctor Explains. Mind Body Green. “Staying active outside can help stave off seasonal affective disorder, which is exacerbated by confinement indoors. Plus, getting some sun — even if it's just a little — can help you obtain vitamin D, which may be important for mood and happiness.”
Fast Workouts for Cold Weather. Runner’s World. “Even after a vigorous warmup, your muscles will be cooler than usual, which raises your injury risk. Start with a tempo run of 10 to 20 minutes, or several long intervals of 5:00 or more, and gradually transition to shorter, faster repeats. Save all-out efforts for last, when your body temp is highest.”
Exercising in cold weather: Some helpful guidelines. Health.mil. “The main thing you want to remember, if you’re going to exercise outdoors, is to stay dry and wear loose layers...Avoid wearing cotton-blend clothing against your skin, which will trap moisture close to your body. You want to wear something that wicks moisture away from your body. Fabrics that are made using polypropylene, capilene and some synthetic wool blends help to transport moisture away from your body. In addition, wear clothing that’s loose and layered, to help trap warm air.”