Protecting Your Muscles During Winter

With fall quickly turning into winter, temperatures are dropping, which can have an effect on how your body functions. Your muscles, in particular, experience more difficulty contracting in colder temperatures than in warmer climates. Without adequate preparation before exercising, you are putting your body at risk of sustaining a sports injury. In this blog, our Manhattan sports medicine doctor explains how to prevent injury in the colder months.

Never Skip Warming Up

Muscles that have not been properly a prone for injury. Before any type of exercise, start with some light movement, to get your muscles accustomed to the movement before diving into a strenuous workout. Common warmup exercises can include jumping jacks, high kicks, and other less intensive movements. After warmup, take a couple minutes to stretch. If you’re targeting your workout on one particular part of the body, focus most of your stretching to that area.

Wear Layers

If you are exercising outdoors, it’s imperative that you try to keep your muscles at a controlled temperature warm enough to allow them to perform without risking a strain or tear. Wearing several layers of light, loose clothing gives you the option of removing or adding as you see necessary as your body temperature fluctuates.

Pace Yourself

It’s important that you take enough water breaks. Contrary to some belief, you can still overheat and fall into dehydration in colder temperatures. Drink plenty of water beforehand and during exercise. To keep your muscles from cooling down, use these small breaks to do some small stretching – this will keep major muscles warm and flexible.

At Manhattan Sports Therapy, we offer dynamic treatment plans that result in long-lasting solutions. We treat patients ranging from all types of athleticism and strength level. We are proud to take the first step towards a pain-free lifestyle with you.

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