When the weather is icy, frigid, cold, brisk or otherwise not warm, wear multiple layers of comfortable, breathable clothing. This will allow you to peel off layers as you get going and warm up, and layer them back on when you cool down. Wear warm hats, scarves, and gloves to protect your skin. And don’t forget lip balm and SPF protection for your face–even if the sun is not shining.
Hot or cold, your body needs fuel for energy when you workout. Have a bowl of hot oatmeal an hour or two before setting out for a workout so you don’t run out of energy in the middle of whatever exercise you set out to do. The same goes for water–your body does not need to be in a sunny, sweltering climate to need hydration. Being out in the shivering, dry air can suck the water right out of you. So drink water before, during, and after a workout, or at least before and after.
Before doing any exercise in the cold, find a warm spot to slowly stretch and get your circulation moving. Do the same when you cool down. This is especially a must in the chilly air, since cold muscles tend to become stiff muscles. The last thing you want is to pull a frozen muscle.
If you live in the Arctic or some other face-freezing, glacial climate, or you know a blizzard is heading your way, be prepared to switch it up and workout indoors. It won’t do you any good if you become a sickly ice-cube when your actual endeavor is to be a healthy and fit human being. Nobody will think you are a stud if you freeze body parts off, so grab a DVD, run up and down your stairs, or bounce on a rebounder or mini-trampoline and your get your sweat on the cozy warmth of the indoors!