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10 Winter Exercising Tips
One way to do this is to stick your exercise clothes in the dryer the night before, zap them some heat for 3 minutes in the morning, put them on and then go outside and exercise. You won't notice the cold so much then. Other alternatives are to have a hot shower before you go outside or drink hot tea / hot chocolate before leaving the house. Go to the bathroom before you leave your home too. Your body will be warmer if you aren't wasting energy keeping your urine warm.
#2. Extra Long Warmups
Before you go outside do stretches, jumping jacks, jogging in place to warm yourself up before going outside. The extra 2 minutes of jumping jacks before you go out in the cold air will warm you up significantly.
#3. Interval Training
Doing intense exercises and moderate exercises in varying intervals will both make you hotter while exercising outdoors, but it also burns calories more effectively due to the Afterburn Effect.
#4. Shovel Some Snow
Shoveling snow counts as weightlifting. And having a tidy driveway is just a nice perk.
#5. Wear Layers
Wear 3 or 4 layers and you won't notice the cold so much. Wear 2 pairs of socks, extra thick underwear, etc. Don't forget a neck warmer, arm warmers, a hat or scarves. Think tight-fitting when picking what to wear. Don't ignore silk and high quality fabrics for your base layer. Silk is very breathable and warm.
#6. Mix and Match Cardio and Strength Training
If jogging in the winter doesn't suit you mix it up by adding in chin ups at your local park jungle gym. Find ways to change it up and the extra effort will keep you warm. Climbing stairs also works well.
Never done ice skating? Road hockey? Winter Archery? Now is a good time to try it.
#8. Reward Yourself
Don't dread exercising outside when you get to reward yourself a simple pleasure afterwards. Listen to your favourite music after you exercise, have an extra long hot shower or bath, enjoy your favourite hot chocolate or coffee, take a nap, listen to an audiobook...
#9. Don't Fear the Cold, Embrace It
Remember that the cold won't kill you. You are only minutes from your home anyway.
#10. Think Positively and Laugh
Laughter warms your spirit and positive thinking doesn't hurt either.
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