It’s not quite freezing yet in Addison, but if you’re out in the early morning or late evening, you will definitely feel a chill. As we head into fall and winter, you may be tempted to quit your workout or bring it indoors. But that doesn’t have to be the case! With a few safety precautions, you can exercise outdoors, no matter how cold it is. You might find that you even prefer it!
According to the Mayo Clinic, “Dressing in layers, protecting your hands and feet, and paying attention to the forecast can help you stay safe and warm while exercising outdoors in cold weather.”
It’s important to dress in layers, so you can start out feeling warm, remove a jacket or scarf when you start to sweat, and add it back when you start to feel cold again. The way to do this is simple: start with a thin layer of synthetic material that draws sweat away from your body (avoid cotton), then add a layer of fleece or wool for insulation. Top this with a waterproof, breathable outer layer.
You should also wear gloves, thick thermal socks and a head or headband to protect your ears. If you are working out at night, make sure to wear reflective clothing and bring chemical heat packs to keep your hands warm.
No matter how warmly you dress, it’s just not safe to venture out if the wind chill dips below zero degrees Fahrenheit (something we rarely have to worry about in Addison, but still). Getting frostbite is just not worth it.
Whether you bundle up for an outdoor jog at Addison Circle Park or you want to lift weights on your apartment balcony, working out in cold weather is fun and can be completely safe if done right. Don’t forget to drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated, as well!