Its the time of year that I heard it all as a Newport Beach Personal Trainer. We all know the pains of working out in winter. The thought of removing your woollies and getting ready to do the treadmill makes you want to cry. The coziness of the blanket and the warmth of the socks are very persuasive when it comes to abandoning your usual physical activities. However, it is important to not let yourself slacken during the winter months.
Winter is a season of festivals and celebrations. Right from the Halloween celebrations, with the thanksgiving and Christmas dinner until the New Year's Eve party-- they are all causative factors of weight gain. Within the three months of inactivity, you see the result on your increasing waistline. Therefore, it is important to continue exercising regularly in order to be fit and ready for spring.
However, it is important to remember a few things when you indulge yourself with a workout in winter. Our body tends to stiffen up due to the cold. Therefore, it is important to have a long, effective warm up before the workout to relax and loosen the muscles. Otherwise, there are high chances of cramps, muscle pulls, and ligament injury. Make sure you stretch your limbs well. Do the warm up slowly without exerting yourself too much. Once you bring your body temperature up by a few degrees, you are ready to continue with your normal exercise.
When working out during winter you need to keep yourself adequately warm even during your workout. If you think that the heightened body temperature is enough to protect you from the external chill, you are wrong. You can be diagnosed with pneumonia, common flu, breathing difficulties and even hypothermia if you are not careful enough. Make sure you have several sets of clothing on you so that as soon as your body temperature starts rising, you can take one off to make yourself comfortable.
Although in winter people do not sweat too much during workouts, this has no bearing to the effectiveness of the same. Therefore, if you think that the absence of the beads of sweat on your brow is proof of the uselessness of your efforts to continue working out during the cold season, you are wrong. Also, in case you do sweat, make sure to change immediate clothing item on your body so that the wet garment does not stay in contact with your body for long. Otherwise, you will get the chills.
Do your cardio well during the cold months. This is to burn off the regular extra calories that you put on while binging on the turkey and the chocolate pudding. If you find the prospect of trudging your way to the gym extremely unattractive, try out some new forms of exercise. If you are a morning person, wake up early and go for a long jog. This will warm your body up slowly and effectively and give it enough exercise. Or you could opt for something different and join a dance routine class. Power yoga is also a good option to get your adequate workout.
If you do not want to do either of these things, you should try to bring home a few equipments so that you can have your daily workout right there. A treadmill is a good start. If that sounds too expensive to you, go for ropes and dumbbells. In fact, if you are efficient enough, you can plan a freestyle exercise routine for yourself that you can follow daily. This may include a little bit of yoga, a little spot jogging, rope jumping, stretching, crunches, pushups and pull-ups, and even squatting.
If you want to, then you can even join a martial arts class. The kicks can do wonders to your thigh muscles and keep your body active at the same time.
Make sure you drink plenty of water during winter to keep yourself hydrated. Do not take your clothes off immediately after you finish exercising. This can lead to sever hypothermia. Let your body temperature adjust itself and come down to normal. Also avoid taking a bath right after working out for the same reason.
Try convincing a friend to join you during your workouts so that you have enough motivation to keep you going. Do not let the lazy comforts of the warm bed let you abandon your fitness routine. Although it is hard to avoid all the delicious food that is served during this season, try to burn off more calories than you consume daily, and balance all the fat that you eat with fresh winter fruits.