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Bundling up for Winter Workouts

“There’s no bad weather, only bad clothing.” - Scandinavian saying

As a kid growing up in Minnesota, where there’s snow on the ground for about 5 months of the year, you learn early on about the necessity of bundling up to enjoy the outdoors. The right kind of clothing and outdoor gear for outdoor play makes the difference between cold and miserable and warm and happy. Thankfully, it’s not quite as cold here in NoVa, but winter is coming and we want to be ready!

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced us to be outside, away from others, more than ever. While I desperately wish for this pandemic to be over as soon as possible, I’m grateful for the time my family has spent out in nature, exploring the beauty and solitude we so often miss in our busy lives. I hope to continue our habit of getting outside even after things begin to open up more for indoor recreation. As the weather turns colder, it’s time to prepare to continue our new-found habits of spending more time outside.

Let’s collectively say NO to being trapped inside all winter and plan for safe and comfortable ways to enjoy the outdoors.

We’re a hardy bunch here at Fit4Mom LSBWKNoVa. We are committed to gathering together (with some distance) and continuing with our mission of supporting moms in fitness and wellness, no matter the weather. So I’d like to share a few tips with you to make our outdoor workouts enjoyable, even on the coldest of days:

  • Dress in several layers. Remove outer layers as exercise intensity increases and put them back on during lower intensity moves, such as the warm-up and cool down.

    • Examples: Tights under fleece lined leggings or compression pants under joggers; base-layer t-shirt under lightweight/sweat wicking long-sleeve shirt under a track jacket

  • Wear sweat-wicking clothing for your under-layers to keep you dry (thus warmer)

  • Wear a hat, gloves, and warm socks. Also consider wearing a neck cuff.

Wool is a fantastic textile for its warmth, breathability, and natural water resistance.

  • Drink water even when you don’t feel thirsty. We are naturally less thirsty in the cold, but we lose just as much or more water through sweat and breath in the colder weather.

  • Bring a snack (for YOU Mama!) that contains protein and carbohydrates, such as trail mix, a peanut butter sandwich, or fruit and cheese. It’s important to fuel early and often when working out in the cold.

  • Bring a thermos with a warm beverage to sip on post-workout to make playgroup/ mom-chat time more enjoyable

Even though the kiddos aren’t working out, much of this advice applies to them as well. Keep in mind they won’t be doing much moving, so they may need one more layer of warmth compared to you. Bringing a small blanket, stroller sleeping bag, or bunting is a great way to provide an extra layer of warmth. Just be mindful if you have a blanket that it isn’t hanging out of the stoller, creating a tripping hazard. Kids are so resilient! They will likely surprise us and be excited for class in any weather. Bundling them up for class and staying for playgroup is a great way to make sure they are getting their much-needed outdoor time year-round. And I’m sure they wouldn’t argue with some hot chocolate in a thermos following class. :)

I hope you’ll join me and our other amazing instructors as we carry on through the cold months, making the best of it TOGETHER!