Keep warm when training in winter
Winter is upon us, and believe it or not, now's the perfect time
to get back into the swing of things at the gym. Waking up at
4am in the blistering cold, to train before work, may not be
everyone's idea of the perfect workout. But it's the cold
weather that makes going to gym in winter so much more appealing
Who in their right mind would give up an extra hour's sleep,
covered with warm, fluffy duvets in return for blood, sweat and
tears at the gym? The answer is simple, serious fitness
Winter gymming can be so much better, especially at this time,
when preparing for upcoming competitions. There's hardly any
waiting around for machines to become available and you can
workout with complete freedom, using any piece of equipment for
as long as you want, without getting the eye from inpatient
members. Not to mention having the complete set of dumbbells
ready for you when you need them.
Winter training is also the time when the risk of hypothermia is
at its greatest. Because of the amount of body heat that will be
lost during exercise, you must always ensure that you maintain a
comfortable temperature during your workouts. Keeping yourself
warm during workouts is absolutely imperative; therefore your
choice of clothing should go beyond designer labels and focus
more on the amount of insulation it can provide.
When choosing clothing for winter workouts, avoid closely woven
fabrics and heavy tracksuits, as they cannot provide a layer of
air near the skin. This layer is needed to help maintain a
suitable temperature. When your clothing traps air, it cannot
conduct heat away from the body; therefore your clothes can help
maintain a suitable temperature. Wearing your clothes in layers
is also a good option, which will allow you to change the amount
of insulation needed as you workout.
Tips for winter workouts
- Dress warm enough before stepping out into the cold
- Don't assume because you have muscles of steel that you can
step out into the cold with nothing but a training vest and pair
of shorts. Bring out those warm tops and longs, and if need be,
change when you get to gym, not before.
- Use your head: Always make sure you keep your head, hands and
feet warm at all times. Wear gloves, warm socks and beanies
before leaving the house.
- Peel it off: Remember to dress in layers for ease of
temperature adjustments. When choosing layers opt for clothing
that can provide a trapped layer of air near the skin.
- Stay tuned: always check the weather report the night before
to ensure you are 100% prepared before you go out
- Wrapping it up: Heavy workouts can result in excessive
sweating. Make sure that you are 100% dry before walking out
into the cold after you're done. If necessary, wrap a dry towel
around your head (and ears) to keep your head warm.