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Six Tips for Staying Healthy and Safe When the Days Get Short and Cold

Sunday, November 4, 2012 by admin

 

As we head into the fall and winter training season, many of us will have to deal with biking and running in the cold and dark, and it is very important for us to make sure we stay safe and warm.

Stay Visible
Wear a reflective vest, headlamp, and flashing tail light. The headlamp is important not only for being seen but for seeing any debris in the road if you’re riding in low light conditions.

Stay Warm
You need to dress warm, but not too warm. Invest in some decent cold weather gear, but make sure that it will wick away moisture. Your favorite cotton race t-shirt is probably not the best thing to layer under your sweatshirt.

Stay Dry
Change as soon as possible after working out. Once you have completed your bike or run, it is important to change out of your sweaty clothes as soon as possible. If you sit around in damp clothes for too long, you will get chilled…and it always seems like you can’t warm up after if you wait too long.

Stay Hydrated
It is easy for us to stay hydrated in the warm months since we are all concerned with dehydration, but a lot of us don’t realize that we decrease our daily fluid intake as it cools down. Make sure you are drinking plenty of water.

Stay Nutritionally Balanced
Focus on nutrition. This will help you fend off all those “bugs” that circulate around as we move indoors. Eating balanced meals with lots of fruits and vegetables will go a long way to making sure you stay healthy.

Stay Rested
Get some sleep! Making sure you are well rested will also help you survive cold and flu season.

Hopefully these tips will help you stay healthy and safe during our off-season so you will be ready to tackle whatever your 2013 race season has in store.

 



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