If you're like many of us, you might get a bit complacent with your exercise routine given the number of holiday treats and activities this time of year. Even without the additional pressures, cold weather can be difficult to exercise in if you don't take the proper precautions.
At Greater Therapy Centers, we know all about how life can get in the way of our health, which is why we do everything we can to give you the tools needed to keep moving. The following are our tips for a safe and active winter.
As the cold weather sets in around North Texas, our muscles start to tighten up. Stretching before and after every workout is necessary for our body to stay loose and injury-free during exercise.
Winter has a strong association with bundling up on the couch and staying put all day long, which can be nice at times, but this is also a good way for you to lose all the progress you've made in your recovery or routine thus far. A great way to keep moving is by finding something to do for 30 minutes each day, whether it's a simple exercise or something more intense.
Give your body some time to warm up if it's cold outside. Stressing muscles too quickly in cold weather can quickly lead to pulled muscles and strains.
The risk of dehydration is still prevalent in cold weather, especially if the winter is a dry one. Sweat evaporates more quickly in dry air, which means it is just as important to stay hydrated while working out in cold weather as it is in warm weather.
If it's too cold for you to workout outside, try to keep up your exercise routine by finding strength or flexibility workouts indoors. Yoga channels can be great for these types of exercises. Plus, you can do wonders for your mental wellbeing!
Layers that help wick the moisture from your body are a good start to dressing for the cold. Depending on how cold it is, you can add layers for insulation or fight against wind chill. The important thing to remember is that you'll heat up as you start working out, so don't bundle up just to overheat when you begin moving.
A common injury we see in the winter are those that have happened during icy weather. It's great to keep up your exercise routine but be cautious of ice. If you do fall, try to land on your side to protect your head and back. Avoid using your hands to break the fall, as this can lead to fractures.
It'll be easier to get back to your normal exercises as long as you stay active this winter. Still, you should always be aware of the risks of wintery weather. Stay safe, stay active, and keep up the good work!