Training in bad weather

Weather can affect you in more ways than you think, especially before training. The gloomy atmosphere made by heavy rain clouds affects your mood, to also become gloomy and heavy. Many people would use this as an excuse to stop training, but think again, as this seemingly bad weather could be used to your advantage.

Rainy weather may seem intimidating, which prevents you from training, but research suggests that you are able to benefit from its conditions. According to Gerald Endress, exercise physiologist and fitness director at the Duke University Diet and Fitness centre, the optimal training temperature for most people is 70 degrees F (21 degrees C). This is seen as a cool rainy temperature, especially in summer in Australia, but this temperature is able to help you perform better by providing your body with the optimal temperature. In addition, the presence of a slight drizzle of rain is also able to help by aiding the heat dispersion from your body allowing your muscles to function without excess heat. Therefore, it is seen there is no excuse for not training in bad weather, as its conditions are able to aid in your training performance if done in the correct way.

Once you have gained the confidence to train, precautions must be taken into account so as to better approach your training session. Exercising in cold weather makes you vulnerable to frostbite and hypothermia whilst hot weather puts extra pressure on your heart and lungs, especially if the air is humid. To avoid these dangers more layers must be worn in cold temperatures to help maintain optimal body heat whilst in hot weather minimal layers must be worn and while training before or after the hottest part of the day (11am – 2pm). By considering these factors you are able to safely train in bad weather, helping you to complete your training session without falling into the common excuse of bad weather.

Not only does bad weather create the temptation to stop training but bad times in life also stop us coming to Jesus, who can actually help us in our troubles. This is clearly reflected in Psalm 46:1.

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

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