College of DuPage Nursing Student Julia Walczak shared that whether you are a seasoned athlete or a busy adult trying to fit a bit of exercise in your hectic lifestyle, learning how to consistently exercise during these cold winter months is a good idea to get you out there and moving while making sure you don’t freeze.
Performing the same exercise during the winter as that performed during warmer months may actually burn more fat, according to recent research by Dr. Shephard at the University of Toronto’s Medical School. Although it takes about 10 days to acclimate to the cold weather, according to Dr. Shephard, so don’t rush into it too quickly!
A few tips for exercising in the cold:
- Dress right! – Wearing layers is the most important way to control your warmth, since you can always remove any extras.
Recommended garments include:
- Running tights
- A long sleeve base layer shirt
- Warm socks – either wool or synthetic
- A windproof jacket and waterproof pants
- Either a hat or headband to cover your ears
- A scarf or mask to cover your face.
In addition to these garments, any number of layers can be added such as, sweaters, heavier weight shirts and pants until you feel comfortable exercising outside. The goal is to dress warm enough to feel slightly cold when you step outside, so you are comfortable during exercise; if you are too warm you can simply remove layers off to prevent excessive sweating.