Before you launch into your winter workout routine, it’s important to figure out the difference between warm- and cold-weather exercise. We consulted the folks over at the American Running Association for the frosty 411. Now take this quiz and see if you have all the cold, hard facts!
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Quiz: Does Your Winter Workout Work?
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When it starts to get chilly, you should work out:
There’s no reason to stop working out when the temperature starts to dip, but slow and steady will win the winter race. Because muscles constrict in the cold, fast workouts can tear them. The idea is to keep moving to stay loose and warm.
What kind of weather is it generally NOT a good idea to work out in?
Cool rain and winds can be invigorating — if you stay warm with a steady pace. Sleet is another matter. Not only is the ground slippery, but visibility is diminished. Listen to your gut — if a situation seems risky, consider moving your workout inside.
Should you stretch before working out in cold weather?
Studies have recently found that one should never stretch a cold muscle. This actually goes for any weather, but it’s particularly important to warm up your muscles in the cold. If you want to get a good stretch in before you work out, do at least a five minute brisk walk or run before you stretch.
You should wear just enough clothing when you work out so that you feel this way:
You want to be a little on the cool side when you start to work out. As you exercise, your body will heat up. If you’re wearing clothing that’s too warm, you can start to overheat. Your best bet is to layer clothing and take pieces off if you start to feel hot.
It’s NOT a good idea for the clothing closest to your body to be made of what fabric while working out?
Pure cotton is a bad choice because it loses all of its insulating properties when it gets wet. That means that when it’s sweaty, it can give you a chill. Look for shirts and underwear made with wool or moisture-wicking synthetics like polypropylene. They’ll keep you warm, dry and comfy!
Which winter accessory is a good addition to your workout clothes?
Bulky winter clothes are fun to wear during a snowball fight but can restrict your movement and keep you too hot during a serious workout. Again, look for wool and polypropylene in your hats because they’ll keep your head insulated, even when they get wet.
On windy days, start jogging:
Head straight into the wind when you start — it’s when you’ve got the most energy. That way, when you’re tired, you can turn around and have the wind help give you an extra push on your way home!
A warning sign of working out too hard in cold weather is:
Aerobic exercise is designed to raise your heart rate — it strengthens the heart muscle. Sweating is normal — it cools the body. If you get to the point where your lungs are on fire though, you’re pushing too hard.
When you’re done with your main workout:
Don’t be a cold turkey! Stopping suddenly — even between laps, games or rounds — is a bad idea. Since muscles tense quickly in cold weather, keep moving. When the workout is done, jog slowly to let your muscles cool down without stiffening up.
After working out, the bath or shower you take should be:
After you’ve cooled down properly, stretched again and your heart isn’t pounding anymore, take a warm bath or shower. Extreme temperatures could shock your system.
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thak u for the quiz it actually helps me understand what i need to do.
Thaks for the quiz i’m looking forward to more quizes.
People should get out more and at least try to be active so grab your coat and get out there!
Staying active is a good way to have a good day. It keeps you awake, and personally I enjoy being active and do many sports.
Why do people need to work out in the cold when you can just work out ink your house
I got 100% i love winter i get my one snowmobile this year! and the are really fun!
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WOW I didn’t know half of the stuff I had to redo it.