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Fact or Fiction: Exercise and Cold Weather

Last night my husband declared that he simply could not run outside because it was too cold — it was a bone chilling 45°F, but we live in California so that's cold to us (wimpy, I know). This got me thinking about it all — when is it too cold to exercise? Do you know? Take this quiz to see how much you know about the myths of exercising in the cold.


Fact or Fiction: Exercise and Cold Weather

T/F: You shouldn't exercise in temperatures below 20°F.

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kweam kweam 9 years
I would totally go for a jog outside if the sidewalk weren't covered in ICE! I'm quite fond of my bones, you see, so the idea of breaking them is not too appealing for me:P But this quiz was enlightening, it was good to get a confirmation about all those things I already knew, but wasn't entirely sure of.
daiseechain daiseechain 9 years
How I wish it was that warm where I live. It's currently -23C which equates to -9F. And last week, it was -35C... -31F The weather reports were warning 'frostbite within minutes'... hello treadmill.
Leilanic1 Leilanic1 9 years
i stopped working out outside when the temperature went below 45 degrees. I have asthma and my lungs go crazy and plus it just sucks running outside when it is that cold!
animatedpunk animatedpunk 9 years
I can feel the cold air when it hits my lungs..... it still feels pretty damn cold to me. It hurts - I hate it. And my asthma acts up when it's cold as well. Also, it takes so much longer for my muscles to warm up.
brielleblonde brielleblonde 9 years
i can not run in the cold!!! But cold for me is like 20 oF. It stinks though becuase the gym i go to at my college get TOO hot... so its either ill be too hot or too cold! there's no middle :(
JustSomeChick JustSomeChick 9 years
How funny. I am looking forward to the warmth the forecasted 45 degree temps will bring this week. hehe
darkoblivion darkoblivion 9 years
5/5! I admit that I laughed out loud at the yellow snow question! haha! I don't mind running in the cold although... we're having VERY unseasonable temps (70's) right now so the cold isn't an issue right now!
javsmav javsmav 9 years
5/5. Sweet! I run in the cold. I would go crazy if I had to do my 10+ mile runs on the treadmill. So boring. 45 degrees is great running weather. What I hate is going to visit my boyfriend in Chicago during the winters--I've wimped out when it was zero.
Renees3 Renees3 9 years
My lungs BURN when it's cold out. haha and I answered these questions for me. Also being in CA, I don't think you could drag me out of the house if it was 20 deg outseide. I would cry. So that's a no go for me.
GrapeBubbleGum GrapeBubbleGum 9 years
"The asthma comes from the dryness, not the cold — cold air just tends to be drier." oooooh, interesting! I certainly can't exercise outside in the winter because of this though. My asthma goes all crazy!
kiddylnd kiddylnd 9 years
Okay so aside of my thumbs being numb to the point of falling off because I forgot my gloves a few weeks back, my lungs were KILLING me when I did my run in 31 degree weather. I barely made a mile (I am running 1 1/2 miles at a stretch) before I had to quit because my lungs were on FIRE. It may not be as cold once it hits the lungs but I find it hard to believe that it's all that warm. :(
SublimeChica SublimeChica 9 years
I wish it was 45 degrees in Buffalo! I usually put the running tights away when it gets to about 20.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
4/5 :)
LeLeBabii5 LeLeBabii5 9 years
ewwww yellow snow... lol. gross
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
My athsma gets CRAZY BAD when it's cold out. When we had our cold streak (-45*C) I was outside for 5 minutes and got an athsma attack!
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