Thursday, December 22, 2016

Baby, it's cold

When it is cold out, getting out of bed to work out seems crazy.  For some of us, it doesn’t even have to be cold out.  Here are some thoughts about how to make it work.

Consider the inside workout.  One of the big advantages of working out in a gym is the controlled environment.  It doesn’t rain in there, or snow.  Wind chill is not a factor.  Sure, the scenery might not be as inspiring (well, depending on who is working out nearby!), but it beats freezing to death.

Wear layers.  This is one of those pieces of advice that is useful in almost all circumstances because it works.  We may want to start our workout in a jacket and peel our way down as our bodies heat up.  Don’t forget a hat and gloves if those help!

Drink water.  Yes, this is another of those perennial recommendations.  When it is cold, we sometimes forget to hydrate.

Soak in water.  When we do brave the elements and return victorious homeward, we can treat ourselves to hot water to soothe our tired muscles and rewarm our bodies.

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