Tips For Exercising Outdoors In Winter

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Fitness expert John Basedow shares his simple tips for exercising outdoors in the winter.

    John Basedow: Even though the weather is cold outside, you don't have to be cooped up inside the gym. Exercising outside keeps your routine fresh and doesn't come with the gym membership price tag.

    But winter conditions can make it a little tough. By following these simple tips, you'll be ready to take on the cold climate and enjoy your daily routine. When heading outside make sure you watch out for snow and ice along your route. Nothing puts a cramp in your run like a nasty spill.

    Make sure to dress in the appropriate cold weather gear and protect your hands and ears from the wind. Be sure to keep an eye on the weather, getting caught in a storm can quickly become a major safety hazard.

    When in doubt, head home and hit the treadmill. Make sure you don't take on too much at first, especially if you are not in a controlled environment like a gym. Take your routine, one step at a time and slowly increase the distance you run each day.

    And finally, participating in winter sports is a great way to get your dose of cardio in and keep your exercise routine from going stale. Top your snow sports like ice-skating and even shoveling snow are simple yet fun ways to make the cold weather workout for you.

    Remember; just because it's cold outside, it doesn't mean there is a reason to stop yourself from workingout in the great outdoors.