16 Jun Winter training
Training in winter is tough! Let’s face it, it’s cold, dark and the lure of Netflix, a cosy couch and hot chocolate is almost irresistible.
But summer bodies are built in the winter. Here are our top tips for winter training.
- The body takes a little extra time to warm up in the winter. So spend some extra time on your warm up. A cold body can result in injury to muscles, tendons, ligaments and joints. Allow some extra time to get that body warm and ready to go.
- The same goes for cool down and stretching. The body cools down a lot quicker in cold weather so once you have finished your training session, keep moving!! Active stretching and recovery is far more effective in winter than static stretches.
- Obviously colder weather requires warmer clothes but rather than one bulky jumper opt for layers you can remove or add as the temperature drops.
- Cold weather stimulates and inflames your bronchi, lungs and mucus membranes. Breathing in through the nose is a longer route to the lungs and allows the cold air to be heated and moistened before entering the lungs. And by exhaling through the mouth you enable the warm, moist air from the lungs to pass through the throat and mouth.
- After training, head indoors and remove wet and cold clothing asap! Your bodies immune system is more susceptible to viruses and infections in the hour following exercise. So get home and warm your body up sooner rather than later.
- Support your immune system by boosting your intake of fruit and veggies. Full of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants to keep the body healthy, fruit and veg are the perfect way to combat common winter weight gain.
So stop making excuses for missing your winter training sessions. Plan ahead, commit and succeed and reap the benefits when spring rolls around.