Saturday 20 December 2014

Karl Henry: How to stay focused for winter training

Karl Henry
Karl Henry

Karl Henry has some great suggestions on how to keep focused, and motivated, to continue training through the winter months.

Q. I was just wondering if you had any tips for staying focused and warm when training through winter?

Karl says: Great question for this time of year, it's just starting to get cold! Here are my top tips to help you get through the winter:

Get some base layers

Base layers are one of the key factors to winter training. They are ultra warm yet not bulky, tight lycra-based clothing that will warm you up, no matter how cold it is. Two years ago, with the bad snow, I was still training in temperatures of minus 10 with just a base layer on, they are that warm.

Rain jacket

You can be sure it's going to rain when you are planning on training, so you need to get a good quality rain jacket, preferably one that is illuminous yellow, so that you can be seen.

Remember, it is going to be dark and if you don't ensure you can be seen, it makes things very dangerous for other road users.

Pick an event

Just like any other time of year, during January and all the winter months you should continue to pick events or classes to go to.

Whether it's a 5k run or a zumba class, it doesn't matter, as these goals will keep you training and healthy. It gives you something to train for, something to motivate you to go outside when the couch looks so inviting.

Don't forget gloves/hat

In most sports shops now, you will find gloves/hats that are specifically made for runners, cyclists and those who exercise. By getting yourself a good pair, you will be far more comfortable when you exercise.

If there is a bitter wind, you will want to be wrapped up as best as possible. So much of the heat in your body goes out through your head that a good hat will keep you toasty.

Weigh yourself once a week

Another key tool to avoid large increases in weight. By weighing yourself once a week, on a year-round basis, you will never allow yourself to put up large amounts of weight as you will always catch it in time before it becomes a problem.

Q. I am a little overweight, mainly around my stomach area. Should I be concerned about this?

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