Warm-ups are a must
A proper warm-up is the precursor to any quality workout but it is more important than ever when you workout outdoors in cool or cold conditions. “Always start with a warm up! Don’t skip it because you are cold and want to jump into your workout,” says Erin Houg, owner of FIT4MOM Eastside in Redmond, Washington. Sprains, strains, and tears are much more likely in a body that hasn’t warmed up, so before you jump into your workout, spend a few minutes to loosen up. Houg recommends utilizing large muscle groups first because it will warm up your body faster and is a good practice for avoiding an injury, whether you’re working out indoors or out. Get toasty fast with these tricks to making your body feel warmer.
Take time to reflect
The winter not only brings the cold, it also brings shorter days and more morning and evening darkness. “If you’re working out closer to dusk or dawn, reflective gear is a must,” says Nichole Malkiel, holistic health coach and group fitness Instructor at Shape Your Being LLC based in Fairfield, Connecticut. You should also be extra aware of your surroundings and watching for cars and traffic while exercising outdoors, she suggests.