Keep your workout going, despite winter weather

February 23, 2009 7:10:52 AM PST
Whether it's due to the economy, or trying to shake off "cabin fever", many of us are moving our workouts from the gym to the great outdoors. Here are some tips to follow before you head outside.

"I was at the gym 3 to 4 times a week," says Leah Ingram, of New Hope, Bucks County.

Ingram loved going to the gym, but when she and her husband bought a new home, she gave up her membership to cut costs.

"I think I was paying in the neighborhood of $200 a month, which is so expensive. I can't believe I paid that much money!" she recalls.

Now Leah's working out outside. She has to bundle up in the cold, but experts say you shouldn't overdo the heavy clothes.

"You always want to dress like its 20 degrees warmer than it actually is," says exercise train Karin Richards.

Richards suggests working out mid-day, if you can, when the sun in brighter and warmer.

And you should wear layers. Underneath should be a wicking layer to absorb moisture and sweat. Next is the fleece layer.

"That's usually made out of 100-percent polyester or a wool layer and that's the layer that's going to keep you warm," she says.

Finally the outer layer - "If you have any wind or if you're dealing with rain or snow, you want that outer shell such as a wind breaker, a outer shell that's going to protect you from those elements."

And your shoes should have less mesh to keep feet dry and treads for better traction.

Top it off with a hat and gloves, and you're set to go.

Just as when working out inside, you still need to warm up before you start. In the cold it may take a bit longer to get blood flowing to your muscles.

After your workout, be sure to stretch, and remove any wet clothing.

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