7 Important Winter Exercise Tips

7 Important Winter Exercise Tips

Keeping up a running regimen this winter? Keep these tips in mind: 

  • Consider the temperature, but don’t overdress. Because the body will warm up, dress as if it’s 20 degrees warmer than the thermometer says is. A variety of running clothes are made with light-weight materials that will wick away sweat while keeping the body warm and protected, and will keep out wind and precipitation. 
  • Protect the hands, feet and head. As much as 30 percent of the body’s heat can escape from the hands and feet, and 40 percent can escape from the head. 
  • Watch for ice. Broken bones can keep a runner down for months.
  • Stay hydrated. Even in cold weather the body will warm up and lose fluids, and cold air has a drying affect that can increase dehydration.  Remember to drink fluids before, during and after a run.
  • Keep an energy supplement at hand if you are running long distances. Approximately 3,000 calories are burned while running a marathon, and the body needs nourishment. Energy gels and bars are designed with this in mind.
  • Know your health. Cold weather can cause chest pains and asthma attacks in some people.  Consult a doctor with concerns.
  • Get a training buddy. It’s hard to stay motivated by yourself.

–Source: About.com

By kgibbons

November 14, 2009, 6:02PM

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