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Protect the Body While Keeping a Workout in the Cold

By Tom Herrin

The old saying about adding insult to injury is pretty commonly used.  What does it really mean?  For those who wish to continue their physical activity, some practical things can be done when they exercise in the cold that can make the activity more productive while offering protection to soft tissue at the same time.  Having one bad experience while exercising in the cold can put the freeze on any future efforts.  On the bright side, there are a few things that can be done to help you have a better experience and a more successful outcome with those cold weather workouts.

Making Yourself Get up Can Be a Challenge

Some people enjoy working out in the early mornings.  Others are not morning people. For them, getting up and out in the cold can be quite a struggle.  It may be best to establish a new routine and time schedule if they are not the kind to overcome the obstacle of getting up and out.  If they can, some good self-discipline can help them to get started, but it has to be consistent.  Moving that workout to some time of day when the sun is out may be the best alternative.  The key is for them to do whatever they know they can follow through with.

Warming up Is a Must

When people get ready to exercise in the colder temperatures, it is more critical than ever for them to warm up properly.  Stretching is a big part of that.  All of this can help to increase blood flow to all parts of the body.  It can also raise the overall body temperature.  Once a person has warmed up properly, it is a little easier to feel motivated and be more likely to follow up with some good activity.

Clothes Can Make the Person

Wearing the right kind of clothing when you exercise in the cold may make or break your program.  Layers can help to make it much more comfortable.  When you can begin to slightly cool and take off layers as you begin to warm, you can enjoy what you are doing.  One of the biggest challenges may be to find something to do with what you take off, especially if you are moving --  such as running or biking.  Carrying a lightweight backpack or having things you can tie around your waist can work well.  With the newer high tech clothing available, even this is not a big problem.  The key is to make it happen.

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

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