How to Make the Most of Exercising in Winter


    January 12, 2018 11:58

    When temperatures drop, the body burns more calories to beat the cold and this is why exercising in winter should make it easier to lose weight.

    Many people are reluctant to work out in winter, believing it is bad for their hearts and likely to leave them with frozen limbs. If weight loss is your goal, however, experts say winter is the best time to exercise.

    Here are some things to keep in mind when exercising in winter.

    Warming up is crucial. When temperatures are lower, a longer warm-up is recommended. The best method is to do 10 to 20 minutes of stretches to loosen muscles and tendons before exercising -- and don’t forget to "warm down" afterwards.

    Exercising in the afternoon is safer than in the morning. Working out in cold morning temperatures can cause stroke, angina or heart trouble, so those who are overweight or have high blood pressure, diabetes or hyperlipidemia should take extra precautions.

    Be sure to wear a mask, earmuffs and gloves. Layered clothing is preferable to a heavy jacket. The most common cause of frostbite is prolonged exposure to low temperatures while wet, so remember to adjust your clothing depending on how much you sweat.

    In general, however, experts recommend exercising less in winter than in other seasons because it can strain muscles and joints. 

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