Exercising outside during cold weather

If you want to cultivate all the benefit that your body derived from summer training, be mindful how Cold and Damp can not only damage your system in the short term, but in the long term as well.
Stay warm.
In Chinese Medicine, the advice to stay warm is very specific – keep the joints used in your exercise warm, dry and wind protected. This regularly means that the athlete must stay covered up to the extent that they feel slightly “too” warm for the large percentage of workouts aimed at maintaining fitness. Workouts that try to push the envelope can be handled a little differently.
Folk that wear shorts and T-shirts to train outside in cold weather will rapidly chill the entire body once they finish the workout. This uncontrolled chilling runs the risk of lowering your resistance to disease. Digestion, joints, the immune system and even aspects of the menstrual cycle can become more subject to imbalance and disease with chronic exposure to the elements. These preventable imbalances can build up over time. And remember, in Chinese medicine prevention is always preferred to treatment.
Warmth increases blood flow and keeps flexible, shock absorbing tissue pliant. Warmth allows enzymes involved in muscle, tendon and ligament repair to work better.
Ice is fine after a workout, when the affected area is not trying to perform. Icing within 24 hours of a workout can speed up recovery time and is great for managing some types of injury. But this kind of icing is applied to specific, limited areas when the rest of the body is warm
If you want to maximize health as you age, keep warm, dry and wind protected during any outside physical activity for most of your workouts.