It seems that winter is a time when you want to lie under a blanket, drink tea or cocoa and one by one absorb episodes of your favorite TV series or pages of a book. What kind of training are you talking about? Come in the spring. But we all understand that this is the wrong strategy. Winter training is especially important. We tell you why and how to tune in to them.
Why you should not avoid training in winter
Remember your winter diet. However, it differs from the summer one in a higher caloric content? In winter, you usually often want something delicious for tea. And these new year's holidays with endless festivities, trips to visit your parents or grandmother? After them immediately plus a few kilograms. Before you know it, spring is coming soon and you need to prepare for the beach season. In order not to torment yourself with grueling diets and physical activity later, you need to exercise regularly. Constant classes in the gym will help to keep the figure toned, and the muscles in good shape. Moreover, performing outdoor exercises in winter is considered more effective due to the fact that the body spends more energy, and tissues and organs are better saturated with oxygen. Winter physical activity increases the protective abilities of the immune system.
In addition, such classes perfectly train endurance, consistency, the ability to act in uncomfortable conditions and willpower. It is scientifically proven that during sports, the level of endorphin and dopamine in the body increases, helping to improve mood. It also affects your activity and productivity throughout the day.
What to do to avoid catching a cold during winter training
Earlier, we have already told you how to train in winter so as not to catch a cold. Let's remember the main rules:
- finish your workout with a hitch for 5-10 minutes;
- maintain water balance;
- don't go outside right after your workout;
- observe the temperature regime and dress according to the weather, choosing a multi-layered sports uniform;
- choose shoes that pay attention to the grip, warmth and dryness that they can provide, and use waterproof socks;
- temper yourself;
- exercise moderately and regularly — 2-3 times a week;
- pay attention to the balance and proper nutrition;
- protect yourself from germs by following hygiene rules and avoiding crowds;
- get at least 7-8 hours of sleep a day and monitor your sleep quality.
What to fear during winter training
If you exercise outside in frosty and windy weather, there is a risk of frostbite. Most often, the limbs, ears and nose are affected. To avoid this, you need to choose the right clothes, shoes and equipment for classes, as well as periodically warm up between exercises. The second danger that can befall an athlete in winter is hypothermia. This is a general hypothermia of the body, during which the body temperature drops below 35 C. If you start to feel stiff in movement, slow reaction, drowsiness and loss of strength, immediately go to a warm room, warm up under a blanket and drink warm tea. At the same time, a hot bath or shower is strictly contraindicated.