Winter Training

Don't let bad weather keep you indoors

By Robert Beauchamps

Sleet. Slush. Snow. Add wind chill, subtract daylight, and there's no denying Montreal winters are unforgiving when it comes time to exercise outdoors. But what doesn't freeze you solid in February makes you fitter come April.

Warm your engine
First things first: build a core temperature. Get the blood flowing before partaking in wintertime exertion. I like to do a set of 10 reps of sit-ups, push-ups, and burpees or jumping jacks. And then I'm out the door before I can change my mind.

Layers upon layers
Cotton kills. That's what a good friend of mine says every time we head into the wilderness. And she's right, if not slightly morbid. Cotton holds sweat, causes irritation, and will make you freeze in no time. Start with a wool base layer to help lower moisture build-up. Next, a synthetic layer like fleece to keep you warm. The third layer is a waterand wind-proof shell to protect you from the elements. Add gloves and a tuque and, on darker days or when snow falls, add something bright so drivers see you.

Change it up
To keep it fresh and get a full body workout, jog one week, cycle the next. Yes, there are spiked tires for winter biking. Few activities provide a full-body, cardio workout like cross-country skiing. Throw in some snowshoeing and hiking and you're winning at winter.

The key is to know where your health and fitness levels are. Be realistic. If you go outside and it looks and feels too treacherous, it probably is. There's always tomorrow.


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