Many times we shrink from cold weather training because, well, it’s cold out there and we feel chilled, or we imagine what discomfort we will encounter in coldness.
However, like clouds, our water rich bodies transfer heat and light energy, even use them to make nutrients.
We generate heat. Movement circulates it, and enlivens us with it.
If I spend a few hours writing and editing on a winter afternoon, I often notice my hands are cool. If I go outside in the freezing temperatures layered-up to train or labor, when I come back in, for a good long while my hands are warm and very comfortable.
When the body seems stuck together like undrained spaghetti, there is nothing quite like getting into the pool to loosen up. Maybe you’ve had a particularly grueling run, or intensive boot camp type workout, or cross-fit or any new challenge to your muscles, joints and connective tissues. Water can help.
Alternately moving, breathing and floating (relaxing) in the water is key. Whether you’re swimming or some form of aquatic exercises, consider the small price of admission well worth the benefits to flexibility, circulation, decompression and breathing.
Recreation centers are very useful, just in case you need assistance, say for example you get a cramp, or for any reason. More on that later.
In Winter, hibernation must be on our minds, or fitness clubs everywhere would not be marketing the beach-ready fitness routines to motivate people. In general, I’m talking about those who don’t generally do Winter sports, or don’t have access, but who do the basics: walking, running and some form of weight training.
If that is you, here is something to consider during your Winter weight training workouts. Find a window that admits sunshine. On an Indian Summer day, find a grass spot or patio. Maybe you have a warm spot outside blocked from wind on cold days. Then, train in the sun. Obviously, if you spend more than 15 minutes directly in the sun, consider sunscreen with the desired SPF. Enjoy your strength training!