So, the winter is already in and the winter clothes are out. But you probably are lazy enough not to workout not knowing its benefits. Winter is the most valuable time of year for bodybuilders and fitness freaks. The life of bodybuilder is constantly switching between on-phase and off-phase, bulking and cutting. While summer is ideal time to get that beach ready body, winter is often a time to pack on some lean muscle and gain size. Some of the workout tips for winter are discussed below in the post further.
Tips for winter workout
Don’t waste this time of the year in laziness of getting up in cold. If you fear catching cold, trust me working out will help you get rid of it quick enough than medicine. Some of the workout tips for winter seasons are as follows:
- Wear clothes in layers
Wearing too much clothes or a single thick cloth while working out while serve no purpose than trouble. Working out generates sufficient amount of heat to make you feel warm enough. So, wear clothes in layers, so that whenever you feel warm enough, you can take a layer off and later put it back on. It will help you maintain your body temperature.
- Protect your head, ears, feet and hands
In winter, the body is busy keeping the core part warm leaving head, hands, ears and feet cold. Wear appropriately thick gloves and shocks to keep your hands and feet warm. Cover your head and ears with hat or head bands.
- Don’t fear eating in holidays
Getting stuck with a mindset to eat clean all winter holidays will make your holidays stale. Don’t fear eating and enjoying your holidays. This doesn’t mean though being a completely dependent upon snack and fast foods. Eat your turkey, drink your hot chocolate, have treats and enjoy.
- Warm up properly
Warm up is essential whether in summer or in winter. Though in winter you have to take good care of warming up appropriately. In cold, our joints and ligaments need more time to warm up compared to summer. Giving enough time to warm up will keep your injury free and maintain the mobility of your body. You will also reduce the risk of joint pain.
- Lift heavy
Bodybuilders take good advantage of winter season. Lift heavy enough after good session of warm up. Due to cool weather condition, you won’t get exhausted quickly and focus more on lifting. Take advantage of winter and prepare workout plans accordingly.
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- Eat lean protein source
Eat lean source of protein in every meal. In winter, the digestion is quick meaning you will be having energy constantly. Lean protein source will ensure the proper breakdown of protein. The muscle recovery will be quick and will increase your metabolism. Pack on lean muscle and add size to your frame.
- Proper rest
Longer night in winter means you can sleep longer. Longer sleep means you can provide proper rest to your muscles. The recovery will be fast and the muscle building will be quick as well. So, take good advantage of the winter nights and sleep well.
- Take cold shower after workout
It might sound crazy but it is effective. It is my least favorite one but the science is pretty shocking. After workout, the inflammation in muscle occurs. In winter, when you take cold shower, the inflammation is reduced and the recovery process speeds up.
Hence, these are few of the workout tips for winter. You might find some easy while some of them crazy. If you follow these tips, you are sure to be injury free. Be protected from cold, enjoy your meals and be warm all the time. Some of us have cold feet and hand which gets hardly warm. Pay good attention in keeping them warm because they can easily be frost bitten in extreme cold. Don’t forget to enjoy your holidays though.