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The Right Layers Make Exercising in the Cold Work

By Tom Herrin

Those who enjoy exercising also usually enjoy staying in a routine.  Most of us like to know that things are predictable.  As for working out outdoors, it can be a great experience when the conditions are good.  When they are less than that, it can be more than a little discouraging.  As the cold sets in, it is easy to lose interest in going about your regular daily activities.  

At one time, I really enjoyed battling the elements by getting out and being physically active when it turned cold.  We often played some kind of football or other game for hours.  As I grew older, it became a little more difficult for me to do that.  I found that getting saturated with perspiration while wearing some kind of sweats only left me really cold after a while.  At that time, there was not a lot of variety available in the way of exercise apparel.  That has all changed today, and there is plenty to choose from.  With some good planning, and layers, it is now possible to enjoy a regular workout routine without fear of being too uncomfortable.

The First Layer

Each layer should have some kind of a purpose.  Many suggest wearing something that is tight-fitting and lightweight for a base layer.  In order to avoid problems from the past, it needs to be able to wick away moisture while allowing good airflow.  Constant movement of air can make the session much more comfortable.  If this is the case, it is a lot easier to stay motivated to continue exercising.

The Second Layer

Something needs to keep you warm in the cold, and this is the layer that should do it.  If this layer is made of some kind of material that is insulated, you will have more success.  This can keep from having rapid heating or cooling that can tend to drain you and make the experience unpleasant.

The Third Layer

An exterior layer of anything normally needs to be pretty tough.  It has the job of protecting you against anything that could cause discomfort.  It should resist rain, wind, and any other potentially abrasive particles.  If it also has some removable parts, or something that can open, it will be that much better.  The point is to be able to make adjustments on the fly without interrupting the workout.

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

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