How to stay fit when the temperatures plummet

WITH the winter season, we should be prepared to face colder temperatures for regular outdoor activities.

Depending on where you live and what your body is most accustomed to, some people will face more difficulty exercising in colder temperatures than in warm.

While it may be more cumbersome to pack on the layers and start exercising in freezing temperatures, it is perfectly healthy and safe to get your exercise in the cold.

In fact, you burn more calories when working out in the cold as compared to in the heat.

You should be aware of your personal limits, and know when the conditions are getting out of hand or your body isn't responding properly.

The biggest tip to keep in mind is layering on clothing. If you want to sweat at a normal rate and avoid dehydration, wear breathable clothing.

Cold temperatures can allow us to get a higher quality workout due to our bodies not being limited by heat exhaustion.

Yoga is a moving flow that releases tension throughout your entire body and mind. The deeper you breathe, the more it opens up.

You will leave with a big sense of ease in your body and mind. So it does not matter what the outside temperature is like.

Soft rock music at Strala yoga adds a fun twist to the traditional yoga class.

Created by Tara Stiles, Strala the "no rules" yoga, has been pleasing crowds across the globe. It's great for teens, young adult yogis and those who want to improve flexibility, strength and balance.

For working out in the cold, here are a few steps to abide by:

1. Stretch - Get your muscles lose and warmed up before you head out into the cold.

Make it gentle, cold muscles are more prone injury. Stretching to increase flexibility should be done at the end of your workout.

If you are a yoga fan a few sun salutations will gently warm up and stretch the muscles at the same time.

2. Warm up quick - Once you step outside, start with a brisk walk to avoid your muscles instantly cramp-up.

3. Start a light jog - Once you've warmed up your muscles a little, start building towards your run with a light step-up from your brisk walk.

4. Start interval training - To keep your muscles warm and your stamina up, find a park bench and do 10 push-ups and 10 tap-ups. Once you feel the heat in your muscles and the energy to go, start running.

5. Continue interval training - After you've been jogging for a while, take a break to do some different exercises to keep your muscles from cramping.

Squats and triceps dips serve as a different method to keep your same muscles warm.

6. Start your descend - When you're nearing the end of your workout, pay attention to your temperature and sweat levels, and put layers back on accordingly to avoid the cold and cramped muscles.

Getting a good workout is possible in almost any weather temperature. Responsible workouts require good judgement, and outside conditions should always be taken into consideration.

Who is to say whether working out in the heat or cold is better? Sometimes it all comes down to personal preference and personal endurance.

Either way, being educated of how our bodies work in different temperatures is the key to practicing safe but effective workout techniques and doing the absolute best we can.

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