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Keep a Steady Temperature for Exercise in the Cold

By Tom Herrin

Many of us try to exercise on a regular basis.  It can be a great feeling of accomplishment as well as a way to build overall health.  For those of us who choose to do some of this outdoors, winter weather and temperatures can throw a wrench in the works.  No matter how much we have a desire to be involved, it takes some careful planning and decision-making to make it work.  When I decided to ride a bicycle several years ago, doing so in the cold temperature was pretty unsettling.  I had trouble deciding just what to wear so that I would not be too cold for a long period of time or get too hot after a short period of time.  With many of the newer developments in sports attire, it is now possible to wear layers that can help to accomplish what you need as you exercise in cold temperatures.

Have a Good Foundation

As with so many things we do, in order to be successful, we have to have a solid foundation.  In other words, what we have closest to us is critical.  Gone are the sweats of yesterday because they were often heavy and wet.  It is now suggested that you wear tight-fitting base clothing that is lightweight.  It should wick away moisture and allow good airflow.  Being able to remind dry will help with the comfort of whatever activity you participate in.

Be Sure to Insulate

If you are concerned about remaining at a fairly stable body temperature, you will need to have some kind of insulation.  Most of it works much the same.  It requires some kind of bulky but lightweight material that can prevent sudden heating or cooling.  Air spaces make it possible.  For this reason, fleece, wool, or down are traditional materials.  Some newer products may be even better.

Be Tough on the Outside

Everything has something on the outside to protect it.  The outer layer for this needs to resist rain and wind.  It also needs to offer some protection from abrasive materials such as sand and rocks.  Having some removable parts can help to maintain a more constant environment needed for a good program.  As such, layers can help a lot.

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

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