Pay attention to how your body responds to winter workouts. If you experience pain or discomfort, take a break or stop to avoid overexertion, which can increase injury risk. If you have a condition such as COPD or asthma, which can worsen in cold weather, talk with your doctor before exercising outdoors.
There may be times when conditions make it difficult to exercise outdoors, and exercising indoors makes more sense. Craft your own home workout routine or take a class at an indoor fitness facility such as the YMCA of Coastal Carolina.
As a YMCA member, you’ll also have access to a portfolio of exercise videos for working out at home. Tidelands Health is the exclusive health system partner of the YMCA of Coastal Carolina, including Claire Chapin Epps Family YMCA in Myrtle Beach, Tidelands Health Pawleys Family YMCA and Tidelands Health Georgetown Family YMCA. Together, the two organizations are providing the community with access to a broad variety of services and programs to improve health and wellness.
“With the right preparation and awareness, you can enjoy the benefits of exercise throughout the winter,” Feagin says. “Prioritize safety, dress appropriately and be mindful of your body’s response to the cold to help ensure a healthy and active season.”