Cycling in winter
If you like to be outside in the fresh air and enjoy exercise, you should also try cycling in winter.
It sounds worse than it is and with my tips, you will stay fit and you will not get cold. You also strengthen your immune system and don’t give the unloved “winter fat” a chance.
Cycling is one of the most popular sports activities in Central Europe.
Nevertheless, this popularity suffers from the winter weather – in the cold season only around a tenth of the people cycle than in summer.
With the right clothing, it would be easy to cover the short distance to the office or to go shopping by bike – more movement in everyday life is integrated so quickly.
Soak up the sun
Staying outdoors also provides us with a dose of daylight, which in turn stimulates our body to produce vitamin D – this helps against winter depression and not only makes you fitter but also in a good mood. Another advantage of cycling in winter is that you can avoid public transport – at the time of year they are usually full of people with colds and the risk of infection is therefore high.
Don’t be afraid of low temperatures
The concern that the air is too cold – especially when it is below freezing – and could cause problems in the lungs is unfounded at low stress and temperatures around freezing point. Only people who already have problems with their airways (asthma, bronchial problems, etc.) should pay more attention and ideally breathe in through their nose – this also warms the air – or stay at home and maybe do one of my workouts.
Cycling in winter – it’s all about the right equipment
The onion shows the way – we should do it especially in winter. Several thin – best breathable – layers are worn on top of each other make double sense. They protect well against the cold and can be taken off in layers if it gets too warm when pedaling. Warm gloves and headgear are essential – preferably a balaclava under the helmet. Antifreeze cream is also a great tip when it comes to protecting your skin from the cold. If the clothing also has reflective stripes and light elements are built-in, nothing stands in the way of a winter bike tour.
Ice Age – pay particular attention to difficult road conditions
If it is icy or snow, special care is required. Adapt your driving style to the conditions and risk nothing – it could cost you your health. The braking distance in particular can be much longer when cycling in winter than in summer. Hard tires and icy surfaces will help you to stop a few meters later than normal. If in doubt, leave your bike behind – your road safety comes first.