The big chill: how to warm up when the temp is low

Every workout should start with a warm-up. And cold-weather activities are no exception. That’s a lesson Dorothy Hamill learned from one of her first coaches, and she’s never forgotten it. “My coach would make us stroke around the ice for 10 minutes,” she says. “I hear his voice in the back of my mind when I skate today.”

If your internal coach needs a little prompting, follow these tips for a proper warm-up: 

Warm up by doing the same activity at a lower intensity. For example, if you’re going for a walk, go slowly for a few minutes before picking up the pace.
Stick with it for at least five to 10 minutes.
Keep in mind that stretching is not the same as warming up. You need to increase your heart and breathing rates in order to warm up properly.