How To Stay Safe Training Outdoors In Winter

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Inclement weather conditions need not scupper your outdoor training plans and if you are determined to keep training all year round, then take a look at how to train safely outdoors when winter tightens its grip.

Staying Warm
Staying warm is one of the most important aspects of training outdoors during the winter. Rather than being a barrier to training outdoors, the winter can be an exhilarating time to train in the open air, the frost covered landscape providing a beautiful backdrop to your exertions. However, the conditions can also have many inherent dangers, which could result in personal injury or illness. Whether you employ the services of an outdoor personal trainer or not, being aware of the risks of winter training in the great outdoors will greatly reduce the risk of anything untoward happening.
Outdoors In Winter
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One of the greatest risks when training outdoors in winter is the effect that the chill winds can have on your body temperature. It may seem fairly obvious but dressing appropriately for the occasion is vitally important. By keeping your body at a steady temperature, the elements will have little effect on you but a drop in body heat can, in some instances lead, to Hypothermia. Wearing thin layers of clothing, rather than one or two heavier pieces, is the key here. Also, keep your extremities warm. Always wear gloves and a hat; much of the body's temperature can be lost from the top of your head if left uncovered. In addition, wearing a scarf which covers your mouth will ensure the air is warmed before you breathe it, making respiration easier.

Staying safe
If you intend to go out on a long run, keep some alternate routes in mind just in case your regular route looks unsafe. Be aware of ice or, if the ground is covered with snow, any potential unseen hazards lying underneath which could lead to a twisted ankle. Make it a rule of thumb that if the route looks too risky, do not attempt to traverse it. If your body is not really attuned to cold weather training, shorten your outdoor session appropriately. Do not stay out too long and make sure you drink plenty of water as taking fluid on board is just as important in cold weather as it is in hot.

By taking the appropriate steps and above all, being sensible, training outdoors during the winter season can be highly beneficial and a great experience.

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Jackie Norris is a freelance author with a particular interest in fitness and health who wrote this article on behalf of notinthegym.com.

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