Our best tips to workout outdoors in the cold
14 February 2017
Exercising outdoors comes with a great many benefits for your mind and your body.
Reported benefits include increased vitality, less stress and depression, plus a better vitamin D intake too. However, there are a few additional factors you need to consider if you’re planning on exercising outdoors.
If you want to complete your workout outdoors, especially during the winter months, then here are a few tips to keep you moving and keep you safe:
- Check the weather
Look up a local weather report before you step outside. Pre-warned is prepared. If it’s raining or snowing ensure you have appropriate clothing, if you don’t, consider delaying your workout.
- Layer up
When exercising outdoors, layer up your clothing. Wearing multiple layers will keep you warm and lessen the risk of injury too.
Make sure you can be seen. Light fades quickly in the winter, and you may find yourself exercising in the dark. Wear high-visibility accessories such as bands, straps or a high-visibility jacket – to keep you safe and visible, even at night time.
- Choose shoes that support
Your much-loved gym trainers might not be so suitable for running outside. Choose a shoe that gives you ankle support too, helping you to navigate uneven terrain and mitigating the risk of injury.
- Remember the sun
Even in the winter, it’s still important to protect your skin, so don’t forget that all-important sun block. It’s amazing just how much you catch the sun on a cool, bright winter’s day.
- Take a mobile
Make sure you can keep in touch and call for help if you need it – take your mobile with you - just in case.
- Work out with a friend
Just like going to a gym, it’s good to work out with a friend when exercising outdoors. Not only are you more likely to stay motivated and keep up the exercise if you’ve pre-arranged it, but there is safety in numbers.
- Warm up
Never has a warm up been more important than when exercising outside, especially in cold weather. Step up your exercise gently; warming yourself from the inside out and you’ll mitigate the risk of injury.
- Build up your exercise gently
Not used to exercising outdoors? Then build up your exercise gently. What you can do on a treadmill in a gym, is not likely to equate to what you can achieve when running outside. Uneven terrain, such as a rocky path, takes a greater effort than you might anticipate. Build up your outdoor workout gently.
- Remember to hydrate
Even in the colder weather, it’s still important to keep hydrated, so make sure you take some water with you. If you’re planning a longer run or cycle, carry an energy-boosting drink with you.
We hope these hints and tips will help you get your outdoor workout underway. To kick-start your outdoor exercise regime; book your boot camp now.