We’ve all experienced how winter months can impact our exercise routine, especially if you’re heading out into the chill for a bounce on your Vuly trampoline! We aren't just talking about wanting to curl up under the covers when it's time to get moving; did you know that cold weather can have a big impact on how our body copes with regular exercise?
Today, we explore the ways in which winter affects our body’s performance when working out and the extra risks you need to watch out for if you’re heading out for some trampoline-based exercise in the cold.
There’s a reason that we remind you to always warm up before engaging in trampoline exercise, and this is particularly relevant in colder weather... Cold muscles have a much greater risk of injury! When we exercise in summer, the environmental heat keeps our muscles warmer for longer; therefore, icy conditions cause our muscles to cool down much more quickly.
If you’re doing ‘stop-start’ exercise routines on your Vuly trampoline, it’s important to keep note of how much you cool down in between exercises, and if you require intermittent warm up sessions. It’s also a great idea to gently stretch and warm down at the end of your trampoline workout. This can prevent your muscles from seizing up and cramping.
People with breathing difficulties, such as asthma, need to be conscious of their symptoms when heading out for trampoline exercise; rapidly breathing in cold air can be a trigger.
If you suffer from asthma or similar health concerns, it’s best to opt for indoor cardio exercise, and leave slower-paced strength training for the outdoors.
When we exercise on our trampolines in the warmer months, we can simply throw on some shorts and a singlet, but that's not so wise when it gets frosty! It’s important to protected yourself against wind chill, keep warm for the duration of your workout, and wear clothing that draws moisture away from your skin – to ensure that you don't get too wet.
We suggest investing in a few pieces of winter-suitable ‘layers’, which you can peel off once your trampoline exercise heats up. Don’t forget sunscreen too! Remember, you can still get sunburnt in cold weather if you’re heading out at peak UV times.
When we head out for some trampoline exercise in cold weather, we’re far less likely to crave fluids compared to when we work out in hot and sweaty conditions.
This means that drinking water can often become an afterthought. Dehydration is still a very real risk, even in wintery weather. Keep a water bottle on hand during workouts, and ensure that you’re keeping your fluids up throughout the day.
How do you ensure that your trampoline-based exercise routine stays on track during the colder months?