Anyone who engages in frequent exercise knows that a regular exercise routine can improve physical and mental health. During the warmer months, many individuals like to exercise outdoors and take advantage of the weather by getting fresh air and plenty of sunshine. However, as the seasons change and the temperatures begin to drop, many outdoor exercise enthusiasts, eager to stay active, are forced to move their routine indoors. Here are some tips to staying active when the weather turns colder:
Just because the seasons are changing doesn’t mean that you can’t continue to enjoy exercising outdoors. Although your time may be limited as the daylight hours shorten, temperatures begin to drop, and snow or ice arrives, you can enjoy a bike ride or a walk/run, just make sure you consider the following:
- Watch Your Step: Nothing screams “autumn” like walking through fallen leaves on a sidewalk. It’s important, if walking or running, to make sure you stay on a clear path or move carefully across an area that’s covered in leaves as the sidewalk may be uneven, causing a tripping and falling hazard.
- Increase Your Visibility: If you’re planning on exercising in the evening hours, keep in mind that you will have less daylight. Wear clothing that is easy to spot at dusk and use adequate lighting when exercising in the dark.
- Wear Layers: Fall weather can be fickle and hard to plan around. Wear layers, including a hat, so you can stay comfortable and dry.
When you decide to head indoors and get some exercise, you may have more options than you think. Sure, you won’t be able to take a breath of fresh air or indulge in that natural sunlight, but when you work indoors you can exercise in a temperature controlled environment. Whether you head to the mall and take a walk or go to the gym and workout on the machines or take a dip in the pool, here are some tips for staying safe and healthy:
- Know Your Limits: Maybe it’s been awhile since you’ve used the equipment at the gym or you want to try out a new machine. Rather than jumping in and going all out, pace yourself and know your limits. If you push yourself too hard, you’re more likely to be injured. Additionally, know how to use equipment prior to using it. Improper usage can lead to injury as well.
- Inspect Equipment: Gyms are high traffic places and it’s only natural that gym equipment may wear out or become damaged. Check to see that all gym equipment is in good condition and is working properly. If you are unsure or notice an issue, tell a staff member right away.
- Hydrate, Hygiene & Health: If you want to remain active all winter long it’s important to take care of yourself. First of all, hydration is key, even in the winter. Secondly, good hygiene is important when visiting a gym as cleanliness will keep you healthier. Finally, don’t go to the gym if you’re sick. Not only could you spread germs, but you can end up getting injured if you aren’t feeling well.
- Be Aware of Any Hazards: Your gym or any other commercial property is responsible for maintaining a safe environment and David Colleran, Reading County personal injury lawyer recommends avoiding hazards such as uneven surfaces, tripping hazards, or spills on the floor.