We know how important it is to exercise all year round! Exercising during the Winter months can present some challenges, cold muscles, tendons and ligaments increase your risk of sustaining an injury. Here are some tips to reduce the chance of an injury when you are exercising in the cooler weather.
Change your training gear to suit the cold weather
Wear lots of layers, layers of clothing trap the heat helping to keep you warm, a warm body keeps your muscles and ligaments warm reducing the risk of an injury.
Warm up and stretch before exercising
You may not get as hot and sweaty exercising in the cooler weather, however this means that you need to spend more time stretching and warming up before and after you exercise. There is more of a chance that you may sustain an injury when your muscles are cold.
Drink lots of water
Whilst you may not feel as thirsty during the winter months as you do the summer months, it is important to stay hydrated! Dehydration is one of the major causes of muscles cramps; staying hydrated ensures that your muscles are lubricated and helps the functioning of your joints.
Listen to your body
Work at your own pace if you do sustain an injury make sure that you have recovered before you begin to exercise again. Set realistic goals and if necessary give yourself one or two days to recover each week. If you experience any issues as a result of exercising during the cooler months you can make a booking with a Physio at any of our locations.