The cold and bad weather of winter tends to make us want to stay snuggled up at home, yet it is important to continue to exercise. In the 6/8Helena Roosen, physiotherapist and sports coach, explains why.
There are several reasons why maintaining a sport practice in winter is important: sport boosts immunity and therefore reduces the risk of illness, it burn calories that we tend to consume more in winter, it improves sleep quality and helps to fight against the winter blues thanks to the release of endorphins.
But doing sports in winter also requires some additional precautions. The first is to warm up more than in summer, both the muscles and the joints. If you put a rubber band in the freezer and take it out, it will break faster if you stretch it. Likewise, our muscles will tear faster in winter with insufficient warming up.-
It will also be necessary to equip yourself with equipment adapted to the season:
- Of the thermostatic tights clothing of sufficient quality to maintain heat, but also breathable to continue to wick away perspiration.
- A headband for the head and gloves in the hands. The hands, forehead and ears are centers of thermoregulation, that is to say that it is mainly through them that the entire body can more easily maintain the right temperature.
- Of the fluorescent clothes Or headlamps to be able to remain visible in the dark and see where you are moving.
Finally, we must also ensure that do not get cold after the sports session. You will therefore need to bring a shower and warm clothes.