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Success In Workouts May Depend On Dress

By Tom Herrin

When people strive for success in anything, they need to have a total plan for how to go about it.  This is not just limited to business and education, but also getting in shape.  Many people get into some kind of exercise program with great enthusiasm only to fail when it comes to their ability to dress appropriately for the conditions that are created by the weather.  When people are not dressed properly, their experiences can be discouraging, and their level of success can fall far short of their expectations.

Warm Weather Dress Has Become Higher Tech

In days past, dressing for workouts in the warm weather usually included some kind of gym shorts and a cotton top.  Thanks to more modern technology, fabrics have been improved dramatically.  Clothing that wicks away moisture has improved comfort.  No longer do people have to wear clothes that are heavy with perspiration.  New lighter weight fabric allows people to dry faster, thus cooling at the same time.

Dressing For Cold Still Requires Layers

The lightweight clothes are still the norm for the first layer, but subsequent layers need to meet the challenges of the temperature.  Outer layers should be insulating, somewhat loose, and fairly easy to remove as the wearer warms.  Many times people warm quickly and only need extra layers to start out.  As they warm, they will need to remove layers in excess of what is needed to maintain a comfortable body temperature.  This sometimes takes some trial and error to determine just the right amount of layering.  Starting out too warm can cause a workout to stagnate in a hurry.  Starting out too cold can be uncomfortable and make it difficult for the muscles to function as well as desired.

Wind And Rain Are Variables

When working out during a possibility of rain, it is best to avoid traveling very far from a point of shelter.  Getting caught in heavy rain or storms can be disastrous.  I live in Texas -- I know! Rain gear can be worn if it is lightweight, but sometimes it can be a little difficult to manage.  The wind creates a couple of problems.  Strong wind is difficult to move in, making the workout extremely difficult.  Cold wind can be dangerous.  Some kind of wind breaking material works fairly well if it is manageable.  Layering can work here as well.  In order to make the most of a workout, plan ahead for the right dress.

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


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