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Make Layers Work When Exercising in the Cold

By Tom Herrin

At one time, the thought of exercising outdoors in the cold meant bundling up.  All too often what you had to wear to stay warm inhibited your ability to move as well as you needed to.  I can remember wearing sweats to get out and do something, then becoming so wet with perspiration that I was  miserable and cold.  It became a sort of vicious circle trying to determine just how to dress so that I would be warm enough but not too warm.  When I rode my bicycle, I was concerned about warming up too slowly or getting too warm to move comfortably.  A simple solution to all of this is now available as we have better technology to help us to produce apparel that can serve multiple purposes.  By using layers, we can do a much better job of managing our personal climate control.

A Base Layer

As with pretty much anything, the first thing is extremely critical.  It is widely recommended that we wear a base layer that is tight-fitting and lightweight.  It should wick away moisture and still allow good airflow.  This helps to avoid that unpleasant feeling of getting wet and staying that way.  The circulation of air can keep our skin much more comfortable as well.  This always makes for a more enjoyable workout.

A Second Layer to Stay Warm

The next layer has a big job as well.  It is the one that keeps us warm by insulating.  It is best if it is bulky but lightweight.  This is much the same as most other insulation for anything.  Common materials that work are fleece, wool, or down, but there are some newer materials that are well-designed and may do a good job, too.  By doing a little looking around, you will be able to find something that is suitable.

A Third Layer of Toughness

The outer layer has the job of protecting us.  It really needs to be tough.  It should resist rain, wind, and objects that could hit us or scrape us.  It is very useful if this layer has parts that are easily removable so that we can make quick adjustments as we go.  Airflow is still important.  The good thing is that there are lots of affordable items out there that can help to meet our needs.  It just takes a little planning.

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

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