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Don't Let the Cold Catch You Unprepared for a Workout

By Tom Herrin

Preparedness may not be everything, but it is pretty important when it comes to anything people need to be ready for. Working out is no different.  As the temperatures change, it is necessary for people to make adjustments in the clothing they wear.  Going out in skimpy dress when it is cold can be difficult.  Not only is it risky to health, but it can make it very difficult to protect the muscles from injury during that workout.  Blood needs to flow easily to all parts of the body.  There are several things that can be done to be certain that the body has the greatest degree of the things it needs to preserve it.

The Actual Warm-Up Is Just That

Everyone knows that it is important for people to observe the right kind of routine for warming up.  Too many times, people simply go through a few motions as they prepare for their actual exercises.  Whether it is running, biking, or doing some other kind of activity, that time invested in warming the body is critical.  Many injuries can be avoided by following through with a sufficient amount of stretching and warming up.  This can increase the blood supply to the tissues while increasing the body temperature at the same time.

No Need for Downtime

Once people begin working out in the cold, they will be best served by keeping up the motion.  Long pauses during a workout in colder temperatures can allow the body to cool too quickly.  Not only can it allow the opportunity for more injuries to muscles, but it can also leave a person vulnerable to the effects of the cold in other ways.  

Take Precautions with Breathing

When it is cold, we all find it difficult to breathe.  Most of us have had the experience of getting out in the cold and suddenly finding ourselves with what seems like a runny nose.  This isn't so much that it is a sign of illness as it is a stimulus to the lining of the respiratory system trying to protect itself.  A good way to help with this is to wear some kind of mask or scarf over the face to help warm the air and making it more tolerable and less stressful on the airway.  I have tried it, and it helps me.  

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

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