The restrictions that followed the COVID-19 pandemic meant that we could no longer workout at gyms or attend group sessions – in order to keep ourselves and those around us safe.
Additionally, as it’s still winter, there are limits to what can be done outside too.
Though, that doesn’t mean that you can’t work out.
There are just a few things that you need to keep in mind if you’re planning to go out for a brisk walk. If you keep the following considerations into perspective, you can get that workout in, enjoy fresh air, and get that much-needed Vitamin D!
Check the weather forecast
Always check the weather forecast. Especially if you’re planning a longer outdoor activity such as skating. Canada’s weather is as unpredictable as it gets. So, if it’s sunny in the morning, it might be completely different in the afternoon.
Pick the right clothes
While this may seem like stating the obvious, the right clothes are extremely important, particularly when the temperature falls below 0.
AboutKidsHealth shares that kids should wear three layers in winter. While the article is specifically about kids, this advice is equally relevant for adults too! These three layers are:
- The layer next to the skin should be of a thin moisture-wicking material, such as polyester.
- The middle insulating layer should be of a material like wool or fleece.
- The outermost layer should always be water-proof and wind-proof.
In winter, the ground is quite often wet or icy, in this case, it’s better to avoid physical activity outside. If you have to go outside, it is recommended to get ‘grippers’ to prevent slips and falls.
Listen to your body
When you’re engaged in physical activity, even something as simple as walking, your body is generating heat and that can help you stay warm.
However, when you’re working out or going for a run, you need to pay attention to the signs your body gives you. For instance, if you feel out of breath, dizzy, or have chest pain, stop and reach out to your physician.
Additionally, if you are already dealing with allergies or asthma, it is recommended to consult your physician before planning outdoor activities.
Some additional considerations
In addition to the information shared above it is also recommended to:
- Keep fluids on hand so that you can stay hydrated,
- Use sunscreen to protect your skin,
- And remove a layer if you’re sweating from the workout.
By keeping these small things into perspective, you can still enjoy workouts outside and stay physically active, even in winter.
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