Conquer Your Winter Workouts
Of those who already exercise regularly, there are two types of winter people. At the first sign of snow, Group #1 bundles up and drinks hot coco by the fire (or binge-watches Breaking Bad on Netflix). Group #2, on the other hand, has lots of winter gear and keeps right on running, biking, and working out all winter long.
I’ll admit, when first moving to Nebraska, the cold weather was a bit intimidating. After all, Dallas, Texas was a far north as I had lived for my entire 30 years. By my second winter here, I was stir crazy and knew I had to find a way to keep active in the cold weather. Thus began my Outdoor Exercise Experiment! At first, it was pretty unimpressive. I bundled up in lots of cotton clothes and tried to run outside. But over time my strategy has evolved, as has my workout wardrobe and equipment. Heck, I have even ridden my bike in January, with snow on the path! Here are a few lessons I learned along the way:
- Layers actually do work to keep you warm. Cotton clothes, not so much.
- It is the temperature AND the wind that really determine if you can exercise outdoors. You can cover your skin in cold weather and be fine. But on a really cold and windy day, the wind chill becomes a factor.
- Good mittens are a must… cold fingers can make a 30 minute run or 15 mile bike ride seem like an Ironman competition.
- When all else fails, you can run in places like parking garages and school parking lots…they tend to remain snow and ice free.
So to all the naysayers, it is possible to exercise outdoors all winter long! But some days it just does not make sense. Winter daylight is so precious, and often it is not possible to get in a workout when the sun is up. Running and biking in the dark might be unsafe…so inside workouts are sometimes the way to go.
Nebraska Furniture Mart has exercise bikes, ellipticals, treadmills, and weight sets for every budget… really, prices start at under $300! Working with a sales professional will help you make the right choice for your space, fitness level, usage, and pocketbook.
So as you debate the merit of cold weather exercise, consider this slogan…
“If you wait for perfect conditions, you’ll never get anything done.”