Cold Weather Warm-Ups
It's great to stay active all year long. But in cold weather,
when muscles are more likely to be tight, a good warm-up is
especially important before exercising.
Lynn Millar, Ph.D., a physical therapist and fellow of the
American College of Sports Medicine, says it's best to ease in
"If you're just going for a walk, the walk will warm you up by
itself," she explains. "But for more vigorous activities such as
cross-country skiing, you'll want to stretch and warm up
Millar suggests beginning with basic stretching exercises. Then,
move on to some dynamic stretching that mirrors the activity you're
about to engage in and progressively increase the speed and range
"Active stretching gets the blood flowing," she says. "And
stretching right before you go outside isn't the only good time to
stretch - make it part of your regular routine, along with sports massage, to
improve flexibility overall."