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So it’s officially starting to feel like Winter here in Florida, so much so that I actually had to start wearing a jacket! I’m just thankful all we dipped down into was the 40s and that we didn’t have any blizzard action like they did in the North East. Now as much as I like to chit-chat about the weather, I bet you all will get bored pretty easy so I should just jump into what today’s post is all about, and you may have guessed it involves the weather. Cold Weather Workout Tips to be exact.
The frigid, icy, put on all the layer type of weather…..or for me anything below 60 degrees hahaha. I am such a Florida girl born and raised. I think living in Florida you should be able to wear a bikini and flip flops year round! I was almost able to this year until the past week! My recent trips to Napa, San Francisco and New York prepared me for this Florida Winter we are now experiencing.
Now onto the good stuff. Today’s post is sponsored by PowerBar and Josh Cox, a PowerBar athlete and professional American long distance runner is sharing with us his Cold Weather Workout Tips to help you stay motivated during this cold and dreary Winter.
Cold Weather Workout Tips
Pre-run warm up and snack:
Your muscles require more energy for a cold weather workout. You’ll need a good source of protein and carbs before, during and after. Pre-workout, I like to grab a PowerBar Performance Bar and during a long run I rely on PowerGels.
While you’re snacking, start stretching and moving. You’ll want your body to be nice and loose before you hit the outdoors. If you require a quick indoor treadmill warm-up, go for it. That will help get your body temperature up.
Wear the right gear
Layers are everything! Start with a base of tight compression clothing to keep the blood moving. Throw some athletic clothing on top of that along with socks, gloves, head and neck gear to keep you warm. You can always take off layers mid-run but you can’t add them!
Grab a friend
What better motivation than having someone right along side you? If you’re going to be miserable, be miserable together! Jokes aside, I love running with a group especially during the winter. You’ll take turns pushing each other and having someone to meet will keep you accountable and on track with your fitness goals.
Take that first step
Often times the biggest roadblock to our fitness isn’t the elements, it’s our mindset. On my worst days, I just lace up the shoes and get out the door, “just run a mile” I’ll tell myself – once I’m out the door it’s easy. The key to training, and life, is taking that first step.
The first step is the best step; it’s where intent meets action. There is no such thing as luck when we’re developing our fitness, it’s a grind, it’s hard work, it’s getting out the door… and, it’s worth it. Like life, we get out what we put in.
Have something to look forward to
Whether a warm bath or nice meal, have something to look forward to when you’re training session is over. This will help keep you motivated. It’s also important to always keep your goals in mind. At times, winter training can get rough but if you’re focused on an upcoming event you’ll be that much more motivated to get out the door.
Post-run nutrition is key. A nice massage never hurts either. Immediately after your run, get calories in via quality protein and carb sources. If you’re not ready for a big meal, grab a banana and have a protein shake or PowerBar ProteinPlus 20g Bar with some fruit… and something warm!
*Josh Cox is a 4-time Olympic Trials Qualifier, 3-time National Team Member and the American Record Holder in the 50k. In 2009 and 2011 his 50k were the fastest in the world. Here he dishes advice for your next race.
Now that Josh has shared with us some of his Cold Weather Workout Tips, what are some other ways you stay motivated to workout when the weather gets cold?