After training all year long, the season is finally over and winter has approached. The challenge for you will now be to maintain your base fitness level while resting your mind and body from the stresses associated with weekly and daily training. Don’t lose everything you’ve worked all year for during these colder months. You can still achieve your training goals and stay fit during the colder months.
Challenges are compounded by winter weather conditions and reduced daylight. You can get more value out of your training time by adopting good winter training techniques. Let’s take a closer look at some of the techniques to keep in mind when training during the winter months in South Africa.
The winter months are a great time to build up your core balance and strength. Don’t let a heavy schedule force you to drop weight training from your training regime. Weight training exercise suggestions include push-ups, pull ups and dumbbell flies.
Try challenging exercises like adventure racing or mountain biking for a variety of all round strength and endurance building.
Winter training is a particularly great time to work on aerobic base for the next year.
At Altitude we have designed the Altitude Mask. It works by simulating high altitude conditions that force your body and lungs to work harder than usual. Thanks to the pulmonary resistance created by the adjustable valves, your lungs work harder than normal to draw breaths.
The increased strength of the lungs and diaphragm will drive your VO2 Max higher, required for greater physical endurance and stamina. Choose the Altitude Mask for that extra kick during your winter training.