Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Cold Weather Workout Tips

(From an article I wrote for

Can’t stand working out indoors even when it looks like Antarctica outside? Outdoor lovers just need to follow a few simple tips for safe exercising in the frigid temperatures.

COVER UP When we are cold, our bodies focus most of its heating effort to the core to protect our heart and other organs. Therefore, make sure to cover up your extremities (arms and legs, hands and feet as well as your head/ears).

CHOOSE LAYERS Our bodies generate a great deal of heat when we exercise…enough to make it feel as much as 30 degrees warmer that the actual temperature, So dress in layers when exercising outside so that you can take off clothing as you start to heat up and put layers back on if needed. Wear fabric that is a synthetic moisture-wicking material as your first layer, then proceed with cotton of fleece layers as well as a waterproof layer if it is snowing or raining. For those with asthma or in temperatures below freezing (32 degrees), cover your mouth with a scarf or mask.

For the complete post (originally published by, which includes a Snowed-in Workout for anyone, anywhere, click here.

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