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Conquering the Cold Can Pay Off

By Tom Herrin

Even for those who live in areas that are generally mild in temperatures, a change downward can feel like a shock to the system.  That enthusiasm can suddenly turn to despair.  Many simply write off their exercise program as something to be determined later.  After all, they may feel that spring is just around the corner, and they can make up for lost time then.  Some advance thought can actually do the trick and have them prepared for a continued effort and great results.  The bottom line is that almost everyone who begins a program would like to see that.

Try Using the Warmth of the Sun

Many people prefer to exercise in early mornings.  Some others find the evenings to be the best time.  There is no rule that says that they can't change their times, but most are creatures of habit.  Planning for slight changes is not really that difficult and can be fairly painless.  Moving the exercise time to better use the natural warmth of the sun is possible in many places.  Another option is to simply move more of the activities indoors.  Even those who are die-hard outdoors men can find some enjoyment in doing some indoor activities.  Using some creative ideas can provide a little variety and still help to maintain condition.

Eat Like You Are a High Tech Machine

What people eat is a critical part of any training program.  A good supply of fruits and vegetables can assure that people get enough vitamins and other important nutrients.  Meat or some kind of protein source is needed as well in order to have the necessary things for building muscles.  The old fashioned heavy meal for the cold is fine for some things but not if it is for a good workout.  People still need to be able to move well, and heavy meals are not too good for that.

Slow Down but Don't Stop

While moving around is needed to warm up, movement is also needed to cool down.  I know I have had the unpleasant experience of stopping too soon and ending up with some kind of cramp.  Blood flow needs to slow down just like gently applying the brakes to a car.  As we exercise, we burn fuel.  Just like the exhaust of anything else that burns something, those materials that remain after the fuel is burned must be removed.  Stopping too fast can create problems with that.  It all adds up to what it takes to make your program work.

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

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