3 Tips to Get the Most From Your Cold-Weather Workout
In the cold, keeping cool is just as important as staying warm.
1. Know when to add and subtract layers
“It’s easy to overheat in the cold if you’re dressed inappropriately,” says Air Force search-and-rescue specialist Doug Kechijian, D.P.T. “Dress for how you’re going to feel five minutes into training.”
Start your workout with warmed-up joints. Or if you have to warm up outside, know that it may take longer than usual to reach the targeted range of motion, so give yourself an extra five minutes, Kechijian explains.
“When blood is shunted to your core in cold weather, the nervous system doesn’t perceive fluid loss as well because the hormonal messenger is sending mixed signals,” says Kechijian. This makes it especially important to drink up even if you’re not thirsty.