How to exercise outside in winter
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If you’re less motivated to go on long, steady runs when it’s chilly out, try shorter runs that incorporate sprints instead.
Varying your running speed – with the help of an app or timer – is also a handy way to distract yourself from the cold.
Add exercises such as push-ups to your usual jog. You'll keep warmer and get more fitness benefits – so you can go back inside sooner. For example, stop to do ten pushups in the middle of your run.
If you’re exercising at the start of the day, have a hot breakfast first. It will warm you up and make it easier to face the outdoors.
Try something new. Ice skating is a surprisingly good form of exercise: you can burn as many as 600 calories in an hour.
If your main form of exercise is running or cycling, there’s plenty of training you can usefully do indoors. Strengthening your glutes and leg muscles will improve your performance when you head outside again.
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