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Dressing for Success Is Important in the Cold

By Tom Herrin    

Most of us are well aware that the way we dress is important.  In jobs, it may mean the way that we represent ourselves and others see us.  When it comes to exercising, the way we dress may have quite a bit to do with how well we are able to move and do what is needed.  I really enjoy exercising outdoors.  As a matter of fact, one of my favorite activities is riding a bicycle.  It is low stress but provides a good workout for me.  

When I became determined to ride as many days as possible, I had to have a plan to ride in some cold temperatures, as low as the 30's.  It was a big challenge to know what to wear as the temps were often dropping during my ride.  If I started off too warm, I would be overheated before I got very far.  The other side of that left me too cold to function.  I have since found that the right layers can do what I need.

The First Layer

A good starting point is important to the success of anything.  When dressing for the cold, it is recommended that you wear a base layer that is tight-fitting and lightweight.  In the past, many of us wore sweats that would hold moisture and be heavy and uncomfortable.  It was often a miserable feeling to be cold and wet.  Today's base should wick away moisture and provide good airflow.  This will be a great help with overall comfort.

The Second Layer

In the cold, some layer needs to keep you warm.  This second layer should be fairly insulated.  This can help to avoid you warming up or cooling off too fast.  Insulation can help to buffer this so that temperature change occurs much slower.  This is what you want when you are working out in the cold.  You are effectively trying to balance out the effects of the elements.

The Third Layer

A protective layer is necessary for anything.  Its job is to keep whatever is inside safe.  This should be pretty tough and able to resist rain and wind.  It should also survive scuffs and bumps.  If it is simple to remove, or open up, it will be much easier for you to maintain the kind of temperature conditions that work best for you.  This should be the real objective when exercising outdoors in the cold.

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

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