A Good Outdoor Exercise Program in the Cold Can Work
By Tom Herrin
For many of us who try to be active and exercise, our efforts can be interrupted when the temperatures drop and stay that way. I became a dedicated bicycle rider several years ago. In order to make it work, I had to have a way to ride when the temperatures were colder. It determined that I would ride as long as they were above 30 degrees. The biggest problem was deciding what to wear that would keep me warm enough at the beginning and not make me too warm as I rode. Since this was in the evening, the temperature often dropped as I rode. We are fortunate today in that we have some really good materials that can be used to help us to dress in layers. It can be a huge step in having a successful exercise program in the cold.
The Starting Layer
If we are going to do anything right, we have to do first things first. The first layer needs to be tight-fitting and lightweight. It needs to be able to wick away moisture while allowing airflow. It can be miserable to be wet with perspiration with no way of drying. The cotton we once wore held moisture and was heavy. Today there are all kinds of materials that can help us stay dry and comfortable as we go through our entire session.
The Insulating Layer
The second layer is in the middle. It has an important job of keeping us warm and still allowing moisture to exit. Air flow is still important here as it can cool or heat us. Anything that insulates is generally bulky but lightweight. The traditional materials are wool, fleece, or down. They still are pretty effective as an insulation, but there are many other materials that are newer and more durable. Some of them have things such as zippers and pockets that are useful.
The Protective Layer
A layer on the outside is much like any other. It needs to be tough and able to offer good protection. It should resist rain, wind, and other materials. It should be designed so that parts can be removed as needed. Continuous airflow is still important. This layer has to be right in order to make sure that you are able to maintain a temperature that works for you.
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