5 Ways to Stay Fit in Super Cold Hudson Valley Weather

As temperatures remain chilly in the Hudson Valley, we asked a local fitness guru to share tactics for dealing with ultra-cold climates.

If you’ve glanced at the thermometer lately, you know it is pretty cold out there. Weather patterns have been all over the place in the Hudson Valley recently (below-freezing temps, snow, rain, you name it!), and those who want to remain fit may have to adjust. We sought out Westchester Fit founder Chris Guerrero to shed a little light on how you can remain in tip-top shape even during the coldest days in our region.

Warm up Effectively

“Cold weather equals a recipe for disaster if you don’t warm up properly,” says Guerrero. “Think about spending five to 10 minutes getting your heart rate up, followed by five to 10 minutes of dynamic stretching before getting into your training.”

 

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Take Your Cardio Indoors

“Hop into a class at your local functional fitness facility that offers classes involving rowers, air bikes, and stand-up ski ergs,” advises Guerrero. Or, try to maximize your workout at home to avoid the bracing chill of a hike or run in the cold weather.

Try Strength Training

“If [strength training] is something you normally do, keep it up. If you’re more of an outdoors person—and you live in the Northeast—plan to do some strength training,” says Guerrero. “Even if you hate lifting weights, it’s good for you and will suit you well once it’s outdoor hiking/triathlon/mountain biking season.”

 

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Maintain Your Diet

“People have the tendency develop so-called ‘winter bodies,’ pack on the pounds, and then start over for the summer,” says Guerrero. “In my book, it’s always beach season. Continue a healthy lifestyle comprised of lean meats, veggies, and healthy fats with limited sugar, grains, and dairy. Get proper sleep and manage your stress levels. This will ensure proper recovery from workouts, especially fighting the winter blues.”

Stay Hydrated

“Lack of water will not only affect your overall health, but it will really limit your performance,” explains Guerrero. “People make the mistake of drinking less water during winter months because they feel colder or aren’t sweating as much. You should always aim to consume 50 percent of your body weight in ounces [of water].”

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