With the weather now cooling off, you may still be tempted to exercise outside. If you are someone who loves spending the warm summer months outdoors, you don’t want to be put off now the temperature has dropped slightly. But, what does this mean for your workout performance? How will the cooler weather influence your ability to exercise?
Let’s look at a couple of cool weather performance based facts you need to remember as you continue with your exercise routine outdoors…
1. Warm-Ups Are Required. While in the warmer summer months you may get away without doing a warm-up since your body is already warm, (note this is not recommended, however): during the cooler winter months, consider a warm-up an absolute must. There’s no getting around it during this time. You need to warm-up before exercise if you are going to see good results. This way your body will be prepared for all the intense muscle contractions it’s about to complete.
2. Keep Your Breathing Pattern Up. It’s also important you keep your breathing pattern up as well. Some people have a tendency to use shallow breathing as the air becomes cooler. Shallow breathing is often used because, in hot weather, it is easier to take in the warm air compared to the cold air.
Don’t let this happen to you. It’s still critical you are using a regular deep breathing pattern as you exercise. Without sufficient oxygen getting into your body, you will hit a fatigued state much faster.
3. Hydration Still Matters. Hydration is another overlooked factor that can come into play during the cooler months. During the summer while you’re sweating, it is second nature to be drinking plenty of fluids. During the cooler weather, not as much. Don’t let these cool temperatures mess with your hydration status. Be sure you are still taking in one to two glasses of water before the workout session and then another one to two glasses of water during the routine. Then re-hydrate with another glass or two of water once you are finished your workout.
4. Check Your Form. Finally, be sure you check your form. During the cold winter months, you may find your muscles are not as limber as they were during the summer months and this can lead to sprains or strains.
Watch your form and make sure you are carrying out the exercise exactly as you should. Otherwise, one small miss-movement could land you seriously injured.
These are a few of the top performance related factors you need to be aware of as far as keeping your workouts up during the cooler weather. If you are smart in how you approach it, there is no reason you can’t keep up those workout sessions.
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