Winter is just around the corner and temperatures are falling, which can put some athletes off their sport. Should you give up on your favourite sport? Sport is still recommended as the body is able to adapt to the cold.
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However, when running with children, it is important to follow some basic safety guidelines :
Sport & cold weather : Do you need warmer textile in winter?
First of all, to protect yourself against the cold, it is important to dress correctly and to ensure your extremities are protected as they are the first to feel the cold.In fact, cold weather attacks the extremities first of all. Wind chill results in a decrease of blood flow in these areas. Fingers and toes can be protected from the cold with the Aptonia feet or hand warmers.
Sport & cold weather : Do you need
to be more hydrated in winter?
Even in winter, it's important to drink regularly. When it's cold, we don't necessarily feel the urge to hydrate ourselves. And that's the trap! However, your body sweats as much in winter as it does in summer.
Also, cold air holds less moisture than warm air, which increases water loss from the respiratory tract.Athletes practising in cold weather need to remember to drink regularly. In order to avoid dehydration, remember to drink an energy drink approximately every 10 minutes.
Attention, if you exercise indoors, rooms are usually too warm which promotes dehydration.
Sport & cold weather : Should you eat more fatty foods in winter?
“The most suitable foods for exercising in the cold are firstly those which enable the muscles to work. In other words, those that are carbohydrate-based.
Athletes do not need to be fat if they are well dressed, they eat enough and they remain active”, explains French micronutrition specialist, Denis Riche.
It’s important to cover the necessary energy needs. In other words, it’s important to cover the amount of energy essential to an individual, to maintain the energy expended.
This is why it is important to increase the intake of carbohydrates by limiting fat intake.