It’s cold out there! However, the less than desirable weather isn’t much of a deterrent to those who are active. The drop in temperature leads to a rise in injuries such as sprains, strains, blisters and more extreme conditions if exercising in the snow.
Exercising in cold weather places extra demands on the body which can lead to reduced sporting performance and injuries.
Follow these simple steps to keep you performing at your best and injury free
- Acclimatize yourself to the weather – try to train outdoors instead of inside
- Cold muscles, tendons and ligaments are at greater risk of injury. Warm up, stretch and cool down for longer than usual.
- Drink plenty of water before, during and after exercise.
- Don’t drink alcohol. That glass of mulled wine might feel like it’s warming you up, but alcohol actually dilates your blood vessels, increasing blood flow to the skin thereby increasing heat loss by exchange to cold air.
- Dress in layers to trap heat and prevent heat loss. Add or remove layers of clothing as necessary according to exercise level/conditions.
- Make sure your footwear fits properly. Footwear that is too tight or too loose will affect skin circulation and cause blisters.
If despite your best efforts you find yourself on the receiving end of a nasty injury, go and see your local Physiotherapist. They can help get you back on your feet and out into the brisk, fresh air again.