Safety Tips for Cold Weather Training

At Sullivan Personal Training, we take pride in training clients in all climate conditions and as Park Hills Trainers continue with their own strength and conditioning regimens in all weather types. From scorching heat to bitter cold, you can find them running at the track or engaging in outdoor circuit training sessions. While it is possible to continue training in all types of weather conditions, there are some things you should take into account when training in the cold weather. Five such insights are presented below from Farmington Personal Trainers.

Drink Water

When training in the cold, you may have the perception that you do not need to drink as much water because you are not sweating as much. While you may not be drenched in sweat like during the summer months, it is still critically important to stay hydrated during your training as your body is still losing fluids. Drink water continually to fuel optimal training.

Wear Layers

If you are training outdoors during cold weather, it is important to wear layers. When you initially commence training you may be very cold, but after a thorough warm-up, you may start to overheat when excessively bundled up. Layers provide flexibility and allow you the opportunity to adapt your comfort level to the training environment.

Consider Sweat Wicking Fabrics

In addition to wearing layers, consider purchasing some type of sweat wicking fabric to wear as your base layer. Sweat wicking fabric can keep you dry while you are training. Being wet and cold during a training session is never a good experience.

Wear Sunscreen

While it may be counterintuitive, if you are training outdoors, you should still wear sunscreen during the winter months. Even if the temperatures are not high, the sun can still damage your skin and exact a physiological toll that can negatively influence your training. If there is snow on the ground, this risk is amplified as additional sunrays reflect off the ground.

Avoid Ice at All Costs

Many people have preferred routes with regards to running outdoors. It may be tempting to persist in running along these routes no matter the conditions, but cold weather brings slick conditions. One fall and you may be out of commission for weeks. Consider shifting your running inside or to another route that you are absolutely sure is free of snow and ice.

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