As I type this post, it’s about 20 degrees in Kansas City, MO (where we are) right now. Take that plus the fact that it’s snowing in some parts of the U.S. and I guess it’s safe to say that the cold weather is upon us. Cold weather doesn’t mean that your quest for fitness has to stop. And it definitely doesn’t mean that now is NOT the time for a personal trainer.
A great deal of people actually put on weight during the cold weather months because they’re more likely to stay indoors due to the weather. That means that all of the healthy habits you’d built up during the warmer time of year (jogging, going to the gym, walking outdoors, swimming, etc.) begin to fade away. Well FDF can’t just let you all quit that easily. To give you a fighting chance, here’s a short listing of…
- Wear the proper attire. If you’re jogging – remember that there are workout friendly jackets, gloves, tights and headbands that can be worn that won’t inhibit your motion while keeping you warm.
- Stretch & warm-up first. This should already be in our routines, but if it isn’t – take time to do a little loosening up before any workout (especially one taking place outdoors) to reduce your chances of injury.
- Use a timer. It is pretty easy to lose track of time when you’re training, but this time you have to remember that your body’s in harsher elements. Take care to stay aware of how much time you’re exposing yourself to “the elements” under conditions of extreme cold or heat.
- Stay hydrated. Nothing worse than dry mouth in the cold. Staying hydrated will help regulate your body temperature and perspiration as you exercise in the cold.
- Avoid being wet. Take a towel with you because you’re still going to sweat. There’s no need for you to get sick while you’re working out during the cold time of the year — so if it’s raining, I’d advise switching to indoor options (bringing me to my last point).
- Remember there are indoor options. If you jog (although many won’t like it), there are treadmills. If you swim, there are pools. Keep your indoor options in mind as the weather shifts – and remember that we’ll come to you.
Fight to stay active as the temperature decreases in your neck of the woods folks. You make a promise to yourself to keep moving towards your goals – and we’ll make sure we’re there to help you out every step of the way. Just contact us using the form in the upper-right portion of this web page if you ever need any assistance this season.
You all have a good day and stay fit!