During the winter season, cold temperatures, lack of sunlight, and staying indoors can really de-rail your Muay Thai Training.
If you live in the northeast of the US, I don’t need to tell you it’s getting cold and frigid out there fast and you need to bundle up. But have you ever asked yourself how this might affect your Muay Thai training for the coming winter months? As a person who has done physical training through the winter seasons the past 15 years of my life, here are my very best tips for staying at your peak through the winter. (PS – You won’t find this info from any Thai Trainer in Thailand because it’s sweltering hot there….all..year…long )
1. Take an additional time to work up a sweat before you start training intensely – When I was in Thailand, all I needed to do was breathe and I’d start sweating bullets. My muscles felt primed and ready to rock after a couple kicks. This is because the heat and humidity keep the muscles in optimal position and ready to rock. Explosive and High-Intensity Muay Thai training on cold muscles can lead injuries and possibly muscle tears. And that means weeks or even months out of the gym. If you’re going to rocking the Muay Thai shorts, throw some sweat pants over them and get that sweat going before you go intense, you animal.
2. Create simple drills you can do from the comfort of your own home – Ideally, you don’t want to be training in your home, (unless you got your own home gym and boxing bag) If you’re like me and don’t have the space to move around, create simple drills to practice repetitions on at home. I hear we’re in for a strong winter, and that means a lot of snow in’s. Don’t make this your excuse to postpone your Muay Thai training!
All you need for your Muay Thai training is about 10 sq. ft, smaller than the size of most apartment living rooms.
3. Lotion up those feet! – I know, I know…for all you guys out there this might seem a bit feminine. But taking good care of your feet is critical during the cold season. Feet are just more prone to drying and cracking during the winter season, especially if you’re going to moving around barefoot. Muay Thai training is particularly rough on the feet as you are constantly on them, pivoting, jumping, etc. I can tell you this from experience, it’s not fun when the folds of skin underneath your toe and feet split because of dryness. This can take weeks and months to heal. It’s damn painful! This dryness comes from the combination of that dry cold winter air mixed with being inside of electrically heated environments, further drying the skin. (I was going to throw up an image from Google images but it gets gross!) Throw some lotion on after your hot shower each day and you’ll stay up on your feet for Muay Thai training through the winter.
4. Take a Vitamin D3 Supplement – Unlike Muay Thai fighters in Thailand, during the winter months, we aren’t exposed to plenty of sunlight during the winter months. Below is a graphic showing how vital this hormone is to staying strong throughout the winter season. Go take a look…..Pretty crazy right??? Invest in a good Vitamin D3 supplement this winter when the sun is lagging to stay powered up for your Muay Thai training.
5. Drink a ton of water – It’s so easy to skip on this during the winter months. Almost nothing is as good for the body as a delicious glass of ice water. (I put Muay Thai training ahead of this one J) Make sure you stay hydrated as again, that inside heating and dry cold environment will dry you out. Be sure to drink 12 – 16 cups daily at a minimum.
That’s it. Stick to these tips, and you’ll keep your Muay Thai training on track as well as stay away from torn muscles, cracked skin, and unnecessary ailments throughout these coming winter months.
Sourced from: <a href=”http://www.foundmyfitness.com/vitamin-d”>FoundMyFitness Vitamin D Infographic</a>.