Every week, Brittany Olson receives one-on-one training to improve her athleticism. The track star has a passion for competing and running.
"It's one of my favorite things to do to compete against others and just having fun with the sport and running against people from different schools," Olson said.
And she's competed in some tough conditions like freezing rain and cold temperatures. But she understands how important it is to be prepared for all kinds of weather.
"It's one of the things our coach encourages to make sure we are layered up as much as we can be so we don't get hurt before we start running because our muscles take a hard toll in the cold weather more than the hot weather," Olson said.
Senior Exercise Specialist Jesse Haines says it's more challenging for athletes to compete when it's cold outside.
"If at all possible an athlete should warm up inside. Take time going through full range of motion, less intensity inside with their range of motion inside before progressing to the cold weather activity. That would be an ideal situation, which probably isn't always possible," Haines said.
Another tip: don't forget to hydrate.
"In summer months, athletes are thirsty and they are always drinking. It's just as important in the winter months because when an athlete gets thirsty that's actually the first sign of dehydration. So continue to drink even when you're not thirsty," Haines said.