November 28, 2011

Winter Workout Tips

Winter Workout Tips

The change in weather requires adjusting your physical activity.  Cold air means different clothing, staying hydrated, and avoiding things like severe weather and getting the sniffles.  Here are some tips on how to make the most of your workouts this winter.

Dress the Part
Embrace Layering.  To avoid getting overheated, dress in layers.  By wearing several light layers while you work out, you can stay comfortable by peeling off layers as your body warms up.

Don't Sweat It.  Search for shirst and shorts made up of synthetic fabrics that work to "wick" sweat off your skin.  Cotton fabrics trap sweat against your skin, causing you to get cold in the open air.  Many companies make water-resistant fabrics that can keep you drier.

Stay Hydrated
It's a common misconception that you don't need to drink as much water for winter workouts.  To avoid dehydration, drink plenty of fluids before, during and after working out, even if you aren't thirsty.  A good rule of thumb is to drink one cup of water for every 15 minutes of physical activity.

Source: American Heart Association

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