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Change Up Your Workout During Winter for Peak Performance

workout indoorsEven in a warm region like Richmond and Eastern Virginia, winter poses challenges to your workout. Chill temperatures and dark evenings make your runs more dangerous, while cold air can hurt your lungs.

But winter may be the best time to switch up your workout. And that change-up may even offer benefits, like:

Lower Risk for Injury

Playing the same sport or doing the same activity year-round puts you at a higher risk of overuse injury like ACL tears or shoulder sprains. If you can’t participate in your sport in winter, try something new that uses a different set of muscles. This will give your body a much-needed break while still allowing you to stay fit and healthy.

A Weight Loss Boost

If you are exercising to lose weight, changing up your routine may help you get past a weight loss plateau. When you do the same exercises again and again, your body gets used to them. It becomes more efficient at the movements, meaning you burn fewer calories overall.

However, when you introduce your body to a new challenge, say indoor rock climbing or a Pilates class, you give your body a jolt. It won’t be as efficient at that new exercise, which may mean burning more calories than you did before.

New and Bigger Muscles

Your exercise routine may only work a certain set of muscles over and over. Switching up your routine helps you activate a whole new set of muscles and build new strength. This helps you achieve total body fitness and learn more about all the amazing things your body is capable of doing.

Increase Your Safety

Even if you decide to stick to the same type of exercise each day, you should switch up your routine to stay healthy. For instance, if you are going to exercise outside in the cold, it is vital that you warm up thoroughly. This may mean a longer time warming up your muscles and stretching before you start to work out.

You should also switch up your routine so you have back-up options in case of poor weather. If you only run and it is icy outside, it will be hard to workout in the winter. Having another exercise you enjoy as part of your routine helps ensure Mother Nature won’t throw a wrench in your fitness plans.

At Bon Secours Sports Performance, our athletic trainers can help you design a winter workout that meets your fitness goals. Contact us today to learn more about winter fitness options and personal training.