Thursday, January 7, 2010

Brrrrrrrrr, it's cold!....but we're still CrossFitting!

Yep, that's me, my husband (Jeremy) and his brother Zach all bundled up for a workout.

We're a lucky bunch! Living in warm, sunny Texas, our winters only last a few weeks and usually don't really get "that" cold! However, that also means we're not always prepared when the temperature dips below 65 degrees. Here are a few tips on how to keep warm during your CrossFit Central and Relentless workouts!

Protect Your Hands and Feet:

As much as 30% of your body heat escapes through your hands and feet. On mild days, wear running gloves that wick moisture away. Mittens are a better choice on colder days because your fingers will share their body heat. You can also tuck disposable heat packets into your mittens. Add a wicking sock liner under a warm polar fleece or wool sock, but make sure you have enough room in your running shoes to accommodate these thicker socks.

Dress in Layers:

Start with a thin layer of synthetic material such as polypropylene, which wicks sweat from your body. Stay away from cotton because it holds the moisture and will keep you wet. An outer, breathable layer of nylon or Gore-Tex will help protect you against wind and precipitation, while still letting out heat and moisture to prevent overheating and chilling. If it's really cold out, you'll need a middle layer, such as polar fleece, for added insulation.

Don't Forget Your Head:

About 40% of your body heat is lost through your head. Wearing a hat will help prevent heat loss, so your circulatory system will have more heat to distribute to the rest of the body. When it's really cold, wear a face mask or a scarf over your mouth to warm the air you breathe and protect your face.

Don't Stay in Wet Clothes:

If you get wet from rain or sweat in cold temperatures, you're at an increased risk for hypothermia, a lowering of your body temperature. If you're wet, change your clothes and get to warm shelter as quickly as possible.

Stay Hydrated:

Despite the cold weather, you'll still heat up and lose fluids through sweat. Cold air also has a drying effect, which can increase the risk of dehydration. Make sure you drink water or a sports drink before, during, and after your workout.

You're not Alone:

Remember you have a coach and a crew of classmates who will be waiting for you! You won't be sorry you got up and got your workout in!

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