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Dress Right for Exercise in the Cold

By Tom Herrin

Most of the time, if we live in an area where it gets cold, we generally know how to deal with it.  When it comes to exercising in the cold, it is another thing completely.  How do you deal with a workout in cold temperatures?  It isn't always as easy as it seems.  A few things have to be considered.  One is how aggressive of an activity you intend to do.  Another is just how cool it is outdoors when you begin.  Keeping in mind for sure the time of day is pretty important as well.  If you begin later in the day, it may get colder as you exercise.  On the other hand, if you begin earlier, the temperatures may warm.

Layers Are the Simplest Way

If someone is working out in the cold, they may dress warm and stay that way.  If they are going to be pretty active, they may want a coat or vest or something along that line that they can take off.  If you are planning an exercise session, you will need to dress in a way that is easy to manage as you begin to warm.  Things you must consider are such as how much you will  perspire.  You don't want an inside layer that gets wet and stays that way.  That can be miserable.

Some Layers Should Keep You Warm

Even if you worry about perspiring and staying that way, the job of the middle of three layers is to insulate.  It keeps you warm while the inside layer should wick away moisture.  These first two should work to warm us, keep us that way, and keep us dry as we perspire.  This makes them work as they need to.

Outer Layers Must Allow Air Flow

The layer that is outside of everything else is the one that protects you from the elements.  It is the classic windbreak.  It should repel some moisture, wind, and any other things that could create discomfort.  It also should be able to allow air to flow.  This layer moves perspiration out and provides for some air cooling when necessary.  If you are going to be active in the cold, good preparation is critical.  A successful activity is one that you are far more likely to want to continue doing.

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

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