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How to Make Winter Exercise Easier

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Updated January 27, 2011

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Give Yourself Extra Time to Warm Up
How to Make Winter Exercise Easier
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Step 2: Do an Extra Long Warm Up

When it's cold, your muscles can get extra tight which makes exercise uncomfortable and leaves you more susceptible to injuries. In the warmer months, you may be able to get away with shorter warm ups but, when it's cold, you may find you need a little extra time to get the blood flowing.

  • Try dynamic warm ups. Don't waste time with static stretches but, instead, focus on doing activities to get your body ready for the coming workout. If you're walking or running, start with a brisk walk and stay at that pace until you start to feel warmer. Gradually increase your pace and give your body extra time to get the blood flowing.
  • Get warm before you head out. If you're exercising outside, try warming up inside before heading out the door. It's much easier to face cold temps when your body is already warm. Try walking or jogging around the house, going up and down the stairs or use a cardio machine if you have one. Just don't get too sweaty before you go or you'll get cold.
  • Take a hot shower. If it's really cold outside or you just need something more to wake up, take a quick, hot shower to get warm before your workout.
  • Start easy. If you're really reluctant to get moving, start your workout with something easy like this Morning and Evening Yoga Workout. Giving yourself a transition from bed to workout can make exercise much more appealing.

Next: Step 3 - Exercise Outside

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