Working out during winter

January 13, 2008 9:00:00 PM PST
Don't let the cold weather be an excuse to keep you away from working out during the winter. Eyewitness News reporter Lauren Glassberg has a workout that gives you the same benefits as hitting the slopes, without being out in the cold.

You won't find any snow, but you will work some of the very same muscles that you would on the slopes.

Juan Estrada, of Power Pilates, takes clients through a simulated slalom. Exercises work the core, the legs, the arms and even the imagination.

You can bring along your poles, or work with free weights. The trampoline is reminiscent of skiing moguls.

"At any level, you are at, beginner, intermediate, advanced, it's going to get you ready for the slopes," Estrada said.

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Not a skier? You can still enjoy the cold with an outside run, but remember this advice.

"Proper preparation prevents pain and problems," Ingrid Trajun said.

Trajun has run 15 marathons. She says before you step out, make sure you are wearing the right gear.

"You'd be much more comfortable if your pants are longer and you didn't have skin showing," she said.

As for your hands, Trajun recommends mittens. With them, she says your fingers can come out to do what you need to do.

A neck warmer, a hat and extra layers to retain heat are also recommended. You can always peel off the extra layers. Bring tissues and sun block, and make sure you do a quick warm-up before you start running. Also, try breathing through your nose.

"Your nose actually filters and warms the air," she said.

Watch for ice on the road, listen to the weather report and always plan your run if it's cold outside. You don't want to tire out before you make it home or somewhere warm. Keeping all this in stride should make for a wonderful winter run.

"The air sometimes feels cleaner somehow," she said. "There's less humidity."