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It is tempting to stay bundled up inside on those windy, chilly winter mornings, especially for us Floridians who have become so accustomed to the heat and humidity. When temps dip into the 60’s, we put away the flip flops and pull out our thickest winter jackets. Don’t hide indoors and hope the brisk weather is short lived. Fresh air, sunshine, and physical activity are just what you need this holiday season. Not only will physical activity help with holiday stress relief, but will also ward off the winter weight gain and keep you feeling your best. It is easy to use the weather change as an excuse to skip out on daily exercise, but with a few simple modifications, you can be prepared to stay active even on those days you would rather be indoors sipping hot cocoa.
Don’t let the brisk weather throw off your exercise routine, and keep you hibernating inside. Here are 10 simple tips to help you stay comfortable while being active this winter.
- Dress in layers- Layering your clothes is the best way to keep you comfortable all through your workout. Generally you want a base layer, a layer of insulation, and a thin windproof outer layer with a hood. As you warm up you will be able to take off layers, and replace if needed.
- Wear Dry-Fit clothing- Unlike cotton, dry-fit materials will pull moisture away from your skin. Wearing a base layer made from a dry-fit material will keep you from feeling wet and clammy.
- Accessorize- Some morning you may need to add some extra accessories like a scarf, hat, or gloves to keep body heat in.
- Hydrate- Although you are not sweating like you would be in summertime, you still need to drink water.
- Move indoors- You may want to consider a gym membership for treadmill walking during the winter months or get creative with new indoor routes to walk. Take a few laps around the mall before the shops open or walk the gym at the community center.
- Keep track- Using a fitness tracker or pedometer will help you stay accountable. Want to go low tech? Simply record the length of your walks on a calendar. Aim for 150 minutes of moderate activity per week as recommended by the American Heart Association.
- Protect your lips- Rub on a protective moisturizer before you leave the house to keep your lips from getting chapped.
- Don’t forget the sunscreen- Sunscreen is a summer must, but we tend to be less careful as the temperatures lower. While it is easy to forget the sunscreen when the weather feels cool, the Earth is actually closer to the sun during winter months.
- Ditch the thick socks- Wearing thick socks or layer socks can give you blisters. Instead, invest in thin socks specially made to keep your feet warm.
- Spend extra time warming up- Give your muscles extra time to warm up, so don’t push the pace too early. Spend at least 10 minutes on your warm up.
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