Fitness Tip Friday: Exercising in Cold Weather


In the past week, fall has brought a  chill to the air here in Vermont. While there isn’t any snow (yet), the leaves are falling fast.  It’s still beautiful outside, though, as it is throughout the year.

Indeed, at Green Mountain, cold weather does not keep us from exercising outdoors — in fact, we think there is nothing better than a brisk fall or winter walk to increase our energy, shake the winter blues and help us sleep soundly at night. Today, LynnAnn Covell, our senior exercise specialist, explains how to layer correctly so you can comfortably keep up your outdoor fitness routine during colder months.  We summarize important points below the video for quick review.  (If you’re viewing this from email, click through to the website to see the video.)

  • It’s important to wear a hat, which helps keep your entire body warm. Wearing a hat will prevent heat loss, so your circulatory system will have more heat to distribute to the rest of the body.
  • Make sure your middle layer of clothing, such as a sweatshirt or fleece, covers you neck.  Hoodies are good options.
  • Look for coats, gloves and boots with Gore-Tex®, which protects against wind and precipitation, while still letting out heat and moisture to prevent overheating and chilling.
  • Ideally, gloves and boots have inserts that can be removed for easier and faster drying.
  • Remember that heat escapes through the extremities, so give your feet some love. It’s not a good idea to wear cotton socks because they don’t wick away moisture and can leave your feet wet and blister-prone. Fabrics like acrylic, CoolMax®, or wool (when it’s really cold) are better options.

Most importantly, pay attention to how you feel. If you are shivering uncontrollably or your feet just won’t warm up after a few minutes, then it may be too cold to be outside. Do only what feels right.

Are you planning any fun outdoor fitness this weekend?

6 responses to “Fitness Tip Friday: Exercising in Cold Weather”

  1. Kari says:

    thanks for this info! I was actually wondering about how to properly continue exercising now that it’s getting colder. I don’t think I layered properly a couple days ago and the cold chill was extreme. I am feeling a cold coming on now too. Will go look for some outdoor fitness clothes this weekend.

  2. The Strong Will Excel says:

    Great post, it is so important to maintain one’s exercise routine in the cold months and it is important to do part of that work outside, this advice will help.

  3. Felix Frank says:

    Good tips for being mindful of your bodies’ needs when exercising in colder temps. Thanks for sharing!

  4. planet body says:

    Its challenging to do a exercise while the weather is cold. Well its a good idea if we try to do that. 🙂

  5. Richard E says:

    I always find that I’m much more likely to exercise during the colder weather. There are far fewer distractions, and things to eat up my spare time, so I’m free to just get out there.

    As you mention, some good clothing is important to ensure you are comfortable and able to enjoy exercise during the cold weather.

    To quote a famous saying: “There is no such thing as bad weather. Just bad clothes.”

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