How To Train Outdoors This Winter
The previous article was on why you should ditch the gym this winter. Now I will share with you 3 ideas of how to train outdoors with winter.
If you choose to go without and experiences coach, although you should consider it, running is the easiest way to begin with.
Mind that there is a running technique to run on wet or muddy surfaces or through snow and over ice. That’s why I advise working with an experienced coach who specialises in outdoors training. This is what I specialize in, so contact me.
However, here are some tips to consider, whether there’s mud or snow:
– keep your feet underneath your body
– small strides
– go slow
– don’t push off the back foot, lift the foot off the floor
Actually all four conditions are met if you keep small strides.
2. Ditch the gym equipment
Leave the gym in the box, you are outdoors now so you leverage nature. Not in a bad, disrespectful way, not at all. You can use equipment such as longs and rocks for weight training for example.
Don’t use benches. Honestly, when I see people in the park using benches for step ups, why are they even outdoors.
Get creative and think outside the box.
3. Get your hands dirty
Want to condition your spirit and mind? There is nothing more wonderful than crawling on the ground with no gloves on. Your hands will get cold, but they will condition.
Besides, in London, winter is not as bad as in other parts of the world.
Cold is a matter of perception. Like walking over fire or walking on broken glass, don’t try these as home though. Physical conditioning is about getting the body used to certain temperatures, or a certain training routine.
Mental conditioning is about getting the mind to see things from a different perspective.
That doesn’t mean you hands have to go numb, but a little cold will only get the blood moving. Get gloves if it’s too bad, in time your body temperature will adjust.
The topic of one of the upcoming blogs is how to prepare for outdoors winter training and what to do after.
This winter, think, live and breathe outside of the box.
As usual, contact me if you need more advice or want to discuss more on the topic.