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The Weather and Exercising

The temperature often affects an individual’s decision about exercising. Those who dwell in the Deep South, for instance, are confronted by blistering heat and humidity that sap their strength in the summer, discouraging any desire to exercise. In contrast, Northerners tend to be happily active in the late Spring and Summer when they can jog or walk or swim outdoors. Then, too, the days are longer so people can go outside or to the gym while the sky is still light. However, when winter weather arrives, people in colder regions can then become reluctant to exercise.


How to Exercise During the Winter

During the cold weather, people can keep up their exercise routines if they first warm up inside before going outdoors so that they will be warmer and not suddenly feel cold. Then, as they continue to jog or walk, their heart rates will remain higher and keep them comfortable. They should also wear layers of lighter clothing rather than wearing one heavy item. By doing so, the exerciser can shed something if he or she becomes too hot and thus avoid sweating, a condition that can cause the person to become chilled.

If the weather is rainy or too cold for being outdoors, it is a good idea to have some exercise equipment or a room where exercises can be done indoors. A treadmill or stationary bicycle that faces a television promotes activity as time seems to pass more quickly with the distraction of programs or movies. If the exerciser is in good cardiovascular condition, he or she can even talk on the phone while walking on a treadmill. Encouraging a friend to participate in exercise is another good way to motivate a person to continue exercising.


Keeping a Routine

If a routine of two or three days a week is maintained, studies show that people stay in the same good cardiovascular condition as they do exercising more days. For those who train with weights, if they cut back in the winter but work out once every two weeks or so, research demonstrates that they do not lose strength for at least 12 weeks. So, if a person backslides some, there is no need to despair and quit exercising. Moreover, exercising is not only good for the body, but it also helps the mind since exercise relieves tension. Often exercise lessens stress enough to dispel anxieties or the winter doldrums.