When you are exercising in the UK, escaping the cold is difficult, making stretching one of the most important tools for an athlete. If you fail to warm your muscles up correctly before engaging in casual or competitive sport, you run the considerable risk of damaging muscles and ligaments seriously. We at Accident Advice Helpline encourage safe practice in exercising and stretching in cold weather, to ensure you don’t hurt yourself.
Stretching in cold weather
Most exercise experts will tell you that there are a number of things to do before exercising when it’s a cold day:
- Stretching in cold weather is tricky because your muscles are cold and clammy so it’s important that you get the blood pumping through your veins to get your body hot before you stretch. Warm up before you stretch to ensure that you don’t strain a cold muscle because they’re tight from lack of use. A light jog or walk can help with warming up your muscles.
- An ideal way to stretch in cold weather is to do dynamic stretches, as these keep the blood pumping through your body and allow you to stretch tight or stiff joints muscles simultaneously.
- Once you are finished with dynamic stretching, you might feel as though there are a few problematic areas which you would like to focus on with static stretches, like the groin area and the hamstrings. Make sure not to stay still for long as you don’t want to get cold before starting your exercise.
- If you stop during your exercise, stretch to make sure you don’t get cold and run the risk of damaging a muscle.
- Lastly, always cool down with a light jog and short stretch when you’re finished exercising, to allow your muscles to breathe.
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Date Published: February 5, 2017
Author: Accident Advice