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5 Tips To Survive Outdoor Exercise In Winter

Outdoor exercise during winter is brutal. Exercising outside can still be manageable, even in the coldest of months.

Dress properly
The number of layers you'll need depends on the intensity of your physical activity and the temperature that day. Make sure that your wear lightweight, breathable fabrics that won't restrict your movements. Also wear gloves or mittens when exercising in cooler temperatures and cover your ears, nose and mouth, shielding them from the cold.

Warm up
Leaving a warm house during the winter season can be challenging. Before you head out the door, move around indoors enough to get the blood flowing and gradually raise the heart rate, without breaking a sweat. Run in place, walk up and down your stairs, do some jumping jacks, use a jump rope... whatever it takes to get your heart beating faster. That way, when you step outside, you'll already be warm.

Embrace the weather
Instead of avoiding the cold, embrace it. The famously disciplined Shaolin monks train in any conditions because it builds character. You don't have to go to the Himalayan mountains, but getting outside for some fresh air and open space will be good for your mind as well as your body.

Buddy up
Making the commitment to train with someone, whether it’s a friend or personal trainer, often forces a different, increased level of effort in your training.  You can keep each other motivated during this period.

Drink plenty of fluids
You need to stay well hydrated when exercising in cold weather just as you do when exercising in warm weather. Drink plenty of fluids before you head outside, and be sure to bring some along with you in a reusable beverage container.

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