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Are You Willing to Exercise in the Cold?

By Tom Herrin

Some of us who strive to work out become a little hesitant when the temperatures turn cold.  It is understandable.  It poses some difficult challenges.  One is the fact that we want to be able to remain reasonably warm.  Another is the fact that we need to be able to move around freely.  The last one may be the toughest.  We need to have the ability to stay warm but not so warm that we become uncomfortable and get soaked.  It can become miserable at that point.  It requires more planning than many may think to make this happen successfully.

Think Layers

Most of us know the importance of layers to help regulate body temperature.  It is suggested that we think in terms of three layers, each having its own purpose. Obviously they should not be so bulky that they are difficult to move around in, but they need to serve their purposes.  With today's technology available, clothing is designed much more efficiently.  This means that most things can be generally lightweight while still serving their designated purpose.  

Inside Layers May Make or Break Success

I have struggled many times trying to decide just what kind of clothing I wanted to wear underneath everything else.  If I am working outdoors while trying to stay warm, I may wear thermal clothing.  If we are exercising, we need to remember the needs of this internal layer.  While at one time cotton was thought to be the thing, it is generally suggested that we wear something that is fairly tight-fitting and moisture-wicking.  Removing moisture will be a big help in both comfort and temperature control.  The thickness of the material may depend upon your particular needs.

Other Layers Have Different Roles

The middle layer is one that should provide some insulation.  It should hold in some heat while allowing moisture to leave.  No one wants to be warm and wet in cold temps because they will end up being cold and wet as a result.  Thicker material that has lots of air spaces usually works well for this.  Working with these first two layers is the outside layer.  It has dual responsibilities of allowing moisture to escape while keeping water out.  It also needs to provide for good airflow.  If we plan our active wear accordingly, we are much more likely to be successful.

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

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