Winter Workout Tips to Prevent Injury
Working out in cold temperatures, even for the most experienced athletes, can be intimidating. Through several preventative measures, winter workouts can provide a safe, effective way to maintain physical health.
Embrace the Cold
In cold weather, the body's muscle's lose heat faster, causing them to tighten and lose flexibility. Try one of the following recommendations prior to working out in colder temperatures to reduce the chances of injury
Don't Skip the Warm Up
Ideal for increasing heart rate and blood flow to muscles.
Good alternative for those with joint pain or stiffness to increase heart rate.
Perfect for warming up lower body muscles; but make sure to use the proper form.
Stretch at the end of the workout when muscles are more limber.
Dress for Dryness During Cold-Weather
When dressing for a winter workout, keep in mind that you’ll want to stay both warm and dry during the duration of your exercise. Since moisture degrades body heat, avoid having wet fabric directly on your skin. For workout clothes, try to stay away from fabrics that are known for holding in moisture, like cotton. Instead, opt for water-resistant materials like polyester or nylon.
Keep Your Cold Weather Workout Pain Free
If you’re still having anxieties regarding winter workouts, consider scheduling an evaluation with Dr. Van Thiel. As a leader in orthopedics, Dr. Van Thiel has extensive experience working with athletes to develop preventative treatment plans.