DECATUR, AL (WAFF) - Personal trainer Conley Duncan says even if the temperature is cold you can still get a good workout.
"Any time you have a chance to get outside and get some fresh air you know it's a great way to do it," he said.
On days when the sun is out and the temperature really isn't that bad, it's easy to take your workout out of doors, but on other days when the temperature is below freezing, it can be tough. Duncan advises you need some prep work.
"Make sure that you're not walking on a lot of obstacles - ice and potholes and limbs, and things of that nature," he said. "You might want to find a place in your neighborhood that you could walk on numerous times. That way if you get real cold or you happen to fall, you're relatively close to your house so you don't have to worry about being way out of town."
He says just like in the summer with heatstroke, prevention is key for temperature-related illness, such as frostbite or hypothermia.
"When you're working outside in the cold, most of your blood is really concentrated into your core area, so it leaves exposed some of your outer skin areas such as your nose, your hands, your head, your fingers and so forth," Duncan explained.
Don't wear too many heavy clothes. Duncan suggests layering. Start with breathable synthetics or cotton. He says how you dress is important.
"[Breathable material] wicks the moisture away from the body. The next layer should be a wool or a fleece if you want to wear them. The outer wear should be something that's water repellent."
He says also remember to drink a lot of fluids, and keep a good attitude when it comes to working out.
"There may be a day when you want to find a mall or find a gym or find a school or some indoor activity," he added.
No matter where you choose to be, stick with that exercise routine.