It’s important to keep your fitness levels up despite the season we are in and here are some top tips to do this in winter.
Keeping fit in winter
If your favourite way to keep fit is by walking or hiking winter can be a bit of a washout. It’s usually wet, cold and grey, so not the most inviting weather to lace up your boots and get out in the fresh air. However, you can keep doing what you love this winter if you follow our top tips:
Dress for the weather
Just because it’s raining it doesn’t mean walking or hiking is off the menu. As long as you dress appropriately for the weather you can still have an enjoyable hike. Layering up with insulating clothing is essential. Although it’s cold you’ll still work up a sweat – having several layers is much more beneficial than one big outer layer. A reliable waterproof coat is crucial for keeping dry, try M and M Direct for good quality waterproofs at low prices.
Wear the right shoes
Investing in a pair of winter walking boots is essential so that you’re ready for all weathers. Winter boots need to be tougher than your summer alternative and be sturdy enough to maintain grip in snow, ice and mud. Several layers of socks underneath is also really important, cold toes do not make for a good hike.
Remember that the days are much shorter in winter. If you’re going on a long hike be prepared to get up early and catch the maximum amount of daylight. Remember to make sure that you have a head torch, often hikers get caught out and end up in the moors unable to see where they are going. Pocket warmers are also worth bringing along for if you get really cold and need a boost.
Go in a group
If you’re going on a brisk winter walk then of course its fine to go alone but if you’re planning a long hike its always best to go in a group. In a group you’ll be much safer should you end up in any danger from treacherous conditions or get caught in a sudden heavy snowfall. A group hike also has its advantages as often at times where you have little motivation someone can be there to push you on to keep going, ensuring you get the most out of your walk.
So don’t be put off; walking and hiking in winter can be really enjoyable. Sometimes the cold, crisp days are often the most beautiful and not to mention, testing. Your body has to work much harder to keep warm in sub-zero temperatures meaning that your winter walk is much more beneficial for your wellbeing.