While running has plenty of benefits, just like exercising outside does, there is one thing that needs to be noted, and that’s the fact that it can be challenging trying to exercise when it’s cold. Even in the summer mornings, it can feel a little chilly, and you should also think about the fact that as you get colder, the easier it is to feel cold. But with that said, this doesn’t mean that you should stop doing exercises outdoors; after all, they bring so many positive benefits. It just means that some things need to be changed a bit so your lifestyle can be better. So, here’s how you can keep warm during outdoor exercises.
You Need to Dress in Layers
Layering is the cornerstone of staying warm during outdoor workouts. A layered approach allows you to adjust your clothing as needed to regulate your body temperature. It’s obvious that when it’s cold, you need to layer up, but with exercising, it’s different. The clothes most people wear when exercising are not only body-hugging but also are meant to make you swear. You’re going to want to make sure you’re warm, but not too warm, since sweat will make you get cold. So, get yourself some warm socks, wear some fleece, and look into some breathable fabrics that are windproof to wear- that’s the perfect combination.
You’ll Need to Wear Accessories
Not to look fashionable, but you need to keep warm. You need to remember that as age, you’re skin becomes more sensitive as an elderly person, and you become colder far more easily. It’s just so important to keep that in mind. So, when exercising outside, particularly when it’s cold, you’ll need to cover up. That’s why you’re going to need to wear things such as a hat (one that can stay on during exercising), gloves, warm socks, wear muffs, and so on. Chances are, you’d wear these things on a cold day if you were in your regular clothes, so you’re going to especially need these while exercising.
Chances are, you know that you’re going to get to the point where you feel warm while you’re doing your outdoor exercises, even if it’s super cold. So you’re going to need to keep moving to stay warm, a pretty nice motivator, right? Incorporate dynamic warm-up exercises before your workout to increase blood flow and body temperature. You can never go wrong with cardio, even just basic jogging, because it keeps you staying warm to the point you’re sweating to cool off.
Footwear is Everything
You’ve probably experienced before that when you’re outside, your whole body is warm, but your feet are still freezing, right? This is fairly common, which is why it’s vital to have shoes that are insulated. Not all running and exercising shoes are meant for the winter and the cold. In fact, a lot of them are meant to promote breathability so moisture doesn’t get locked up. So be sure that you’re getting shoes that will not only work with your feet as you age, but they work with your feet when it’s cold outside, too.