The winter shouldn’t put a damper on your exercise routine. However, you should take a couple of precautions to make sure that your outdoor exercise doesn’t make you sick.

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How to Avoid Getting Sick While Exercising Outside in the Colder Months

How to Avoid Getting Sick While Exercising Outside in the Colder Months
How to Avoid Getting Sick While Exercising Outside in the Colder Months

Temperature fluctuations are not great for your immune system. If you know that you will be warming up, and cooling down in a cold environment, make sure to wear layers. Not only are the layers great for avoiding the shock that your body receives when you stop moving and producing heat in a cold environment, but they are also important for avoiding muscle strains. Your muscles move better when they are warm, so wearing layers before and after your workout will help protect your muscles, and give you a more rewarding exercise session.

Take Your Vitamins:

How to Avoid Getting Sick While Exercising Outside in the Colder Months

Colder months mean that fewer fruits are in season, so the lack of sunlight drops your vitamin D levels, which will negatively affect your immune system. If you happen to be on a budget, or simply know that you’ll be eating less healthy this winter, consider adding a vitamin supplement to your diet to make up for all of the essential vitamins that you may be missing.

Know Your Weather:
How to Avoid Getting Sick While Exercising Outside in the Colder Months
The colder months can also bring unpredictable weather changes. If you own an iPhone or Android, weather apps, which often come with local radar weather reports that can be downloaded for free. No one likes getting soaked by rain or running into a snowstorm when its cold outside, therefore being in the know is important. Make sure to check your iPhone or Android weather app for up-to-date forecasts.

Cold weather shouldn’t be a reason to stop your outdoor exercise activity, but it is a great reason to take a bit of extra care.