Staying Warm During Winter Racing
Not everyone loves winter, but those who do like the cold weather and the snow have a pleasure in taking part in different competitions. It’s not just skiing that can be done during winter, but you can also take part in running marathons, racings with the ATVs or with snowmobiles and so on.
However, there’s more than just one trick that you have to know about if you want to take part in a winter racing. It’s not at all like summer, when all you have to wear is easy clothes and a cap. During the winter you have to be as protected as you can, because the cold can affect the health of some people, even if they don’t feel it right at that moment.
Let’s see what you can do to stay warm during any kind of racing during the winter.
Warm Before Starting
If you take part in a running competition, it’s essential to do a warm-up before the racing starts. You need to get the blood flowing a little more faster in your body, as this will help you stay warm and feel less cold. You can do stretches or easy movements, to increase the temperature of your muscles and your heart rate. This will help you fell less stress when you actually start running or using the ATV or whatever else you might be doing in the snow.
When you use the ATVs, you need to have proper clothes for the competition. You can’t use just a pair of jeans and fancy boots. There are special equipments that you need to use to protect every part of your body – not just for accidental injuries, but also for staying warm. On an ATV, you reach a higher speed than by walking, so your body needs to stay warm for as long as the race takes place.
However, things change if you take part in a running competition. There is also a special equipment, but that one is lighter and specially made to allow you free movement. You need to wear some clothes that you can discard once you’ve got warmer and you’ve started running. Wear those clothes over your running equipment until you get a little warmer and feel comfortable enough to throw them away.
Warmth for the Hands and Head
It’s said that through the skin of your head you lose most of the body-heat. Knowing this, you need to wear something to keep your head warm throughout the race. Do the same for your hands and your feet, and you won’t have any problem. This is also because those parts are most exposed to the cold and if the temperature is too low, there can appear cases of frozen fingers.
If you’re running in the snow, use light outfits for your hands, but if you use an ATV or a snowmobile, use proper gloves to keep your hands extra warm. Do the same for your feet and head, as those are also exposed to low temperatures.
Your body has more than 755 of water, so whenever you do physical effort, you need to hydrate as much as you can. This is valid for any kind of racing, no matter if you’re on your ATV, if you’re running or if you’re skiing. It’s adequate to drink a proper amount of water to keep your body hydrated before and after the racing is done. However, make sure that you don’t drink cold water, especially after you have finished the race – your body will be heated and cold water can do some damage. The water should be at the room temperature (if it’s possible) and you need to drink it with slow sips.