5 tips for playing sports in winter
Is cold dangerous when playing sports outdoors? No, it is excellent for the body, provided of course to take some precautions.
Eating a balanced meal before each workout is essential for energizing. This is especially important when the outside temperatures are low because the body must provide twice the energy: on the one hand to be able to provide the effort, on the other hand, to maintain its body temperature.
Foods rich in slow carbohydrates and protein should be favored
Warm up longer
In cold weather, the warm-up time must be lengthened to avoid any risk of bruises, strokes, elongation and tears.
The body having trouble starting, the muscles will heat less quickly. It is necessary to return very gradually in the effort so that the muscles have time to arrive at good temperature. Every part of the body must be carefully stretched.
When you play sports, body temperature increases. The temptation to dress light is therefore legitimate. However, it is important to cover well to regulate the internal temperature.
Three layers are necessary: a breathable first layer to wick away perspiration, a second insulating layer to keep the heat, and finally, a third layer that protects from wind and cold.
Change right after the session
Besides the issue of hygiene, changing after a workout can not get sick. This is even more the case in winter when bacteria and viruses are legion.
A shower is ideal because it will relax the muscles
When the weather conditions are really extreme (ice, snow, etc.), it is better to do indoor rather than outdoor sports to avoid any risk of falling.
Care should be taken to get out of the well-covered gym (or to dry your hair out of the pool), as the difference in temperature between indoor and outdoor promotes the risk of ENT infections.