NSCA | Preparing for Cold Weather Exercise.

For many, the coming of winter marks a season where we reluctantly confine ourselves to our homes, offices, malls, cars, or any other enclosure that can generate enough heat to keep us  comfortable. Too often the simple phrase, “It’s too cold out,” is the first uttered when the notion of winter exercise creeps into our thoughts. For most of us, the inability to tolerate the cold is due more to a lack of preparation, than it is to an inability to stay warm. A basic understanding of how the body generates, retains, and dissipates heat can assist us in preparing for winter’s worst, and help us to take advantage of a host of unique outdoor activities. As is the case with hot weather activities, exercise in the extreme cold carries with it physiological consequences that must be understood and addressed in order to maximize performance and ensure a safe exercise experience.