January's Physical Fitness Tip of the Month:
Cold Weather Exercise Tips
The cold weather can be a reason many of us use to avoid having to exercise during the month of January. Here are six tips to encourage maintenance of your exercise routine and decrease those holiday pounds:
- It may seem a little obvious, but wear layers. You can always loose some if you get warm. The first layer that is touching your skin should be more lightweight to dry more quickly. The second layer should be the one that helps to keep you warm.
- Wear a hat! Since 50% of your body heat can escape from the top of your head, wearing a hat will help to keep you more warm and toasty.
- Wear your gloves to ensure that your fingers are able to stay warm. In colder temperatures, your body will move blood more towards the center of your body to keep your organs warmer, leaving your hands to fend for themselves.
- Avoid heavy cotton materials because they will hold the sweat and actually make you colder. Go for wool and polyester instead.
- Make sure to check the wind chill before you go out. Your body is able to exercise effectively in the cold weather, but the wind chill could add a different perspective…
- If the colder air seems hard on your lungs, consider a scarf or facemask to wear over your mouth to warm the air before you inhale.
Disclaimer: Be mindful of your physical abilities and medical conditions. Be physically active at your own pace and respect your body's limitations. The Raeda Group, PLLC provides these tips only as suggestions for a healthier body.