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Make Adjustments for Success Exercising in the Cold

By Tom Herrin

Even with our best intentions, it is difficult to plan for all conditions.  Those of us who try to be physically active on a regular basis have to learn as much as possible about how to deal with drastically changing temperatures and weather conditions.  Several years ago, I became determined to ride my bicycle every evening as long as the temperature was above 30 degrees.  It was really difficult to decide what I needed to wear to start out and what would keep me from getting too warm after I had ridden for a few miles.  Since it was usually late evening, the temperatures were often dropping as I rode.  We now know that layers are the best way to make this work.

The Base Layer

Every layer is not the same and does not have the same needs.  It is generally recommended that the first layer be tight-fitting and lightweight.  In addition to this, it should additionally be designed to wick away moisture and promote airflow.  This is critical because no one enjoys getting soaked with perspiration and staying that way as has been in the past with older materials.  This air movement may help to prevent some of the well-known discomfort that comes with that.

The Middle Layer

With each layer having its own job, the middle layer is the one that is responsible for providing insulation.  It helps to keep us from getting too hot or staying too cool.  The suggested material is something that is bulky and capable of holding air.  Traditional materials such as wool, fleece, and down are still considered useful.  Some of the newer materials work as well.  Along with this, the middle layer should continue to allow moisture out.

The Outer Layer 

As with most things, the outermost layer must be tough.  It should be able to resist rain and wind.  It needs to have some ability to protect from abrasive materials that could cause bumps and scrapes.  It is helpful if this layer has removable parts so that we can take some off as we go if needed.  When we have these kinds of clothing articles, we need to keep them clean and in good condition.  For the most part, these are very affordable and easy to obtain.  If you are seeking success in your program, learn and plan.  It will be very worthwhile.    

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Chandler, Ariz.

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