Cold Weather Workouts

With the colder weather you may just need to bundle up more for outdoor activity or take your workouts inside.  I love to run and generally maintain my outdoor running workouts 2-3 times per week over the winter.  I just dig out the insulated winter running tights, layer on t-shirts, long sleeved t-shirts, maybe a sweatshirt on really cold days then a windbreaker, hat and gloves.  Some of my running friends attach extra traction to their running shoes to prevent slips and falls and to gain speed over ice and snow.  I haven’t tried them yet, but I’m thinking an investment in something like Yaktrax might be a good idea this year. 
A couple of my favourite indoor workouts that don’t require a gym membership include:

  1. Yoga: My favourite yoga video is Bryan Kest’s Power Yoga series because I prefer a more vigorous ashtanga yoga, If you’re new to yoga you may want to try Rodney Yee’s Yoga for Beginners
  2. Cardio: The days that I don’t run, I do a cardio workout in my living room called Turbofire.  The instructor on these is a good motivator, the workouts are fun but as challenging as you want to make them and include some high intensity interval training which has been shown to deliver great results in a time efficient manner.

Remember in cooler weather that gradually warming up and keeping muscles, tendons and ligaments warm becomes more important to prevent injuries.