Practising sport in cold weather

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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? No, because your body can adapt to the cold.

In cold weather, the main aims are:

Do you need warmer textile in winter?

To beat the cold, the first step is to ensure you have the right clothes and that the tips of your arms and legs are protected, as hands and feet are the first to feel the cold. Chilling means blood flow to extremities falls dramatically. You can use APTONIA hand and feet warmers to keep fingers and toes protected.

Do you need to drink more in winter?

Even in winter, it's important to drink regularly. Often when it's cold, you don't feel quite as thirsty. 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. To avoid dehydration, take a mouthful of energy drink every 10 minutes or so.

Remember also that if you do sport indoors, the heating can often be set too high, which speeds up dehydration.

Should you eat more fatty foods in winter?

"The most appropriate foods for cold temperatures are those that promote muscle activity, which contain carbohydrates. If an athlete is wearing the right textile, they don't need any fat, providing they have eaten correctly and stay active." (Denis RICHE)

You must cover your body's daily energy needs. Increase your carbs but keep fats low.

Marie Fauchille
Dietician | Nutritionist
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