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Dressing Right for Workouts Is Critical

By Tom Herrin

There are plenty of reasons for dressing appropriately.  The term "dress for the occasion" means something different for different people.  Sometimes it refers to the work environment, sometimes it refers to a social setting.  When it comes to dressing for a workout, the right kind of attire for the weather will sometimes be the difference in a successful workout and a frustrating failure.  For some people, a bad experience with a workout can discourage their efforts and cause them to reconsider their expectations.

Warm Weather Dress Is Better Than It Used To Be

There was a time when the general type of workout gear was basic cotton.  It was mostly the kind of stuff that gathered perspiration, stayed saturated, and hung off of people like dead weight.  It was often a little difficult to move around freely, and people could count on being irritated by the moisture.  Thanks to today’s technology, workout clothes are drastically different.  Warm weather apparel should be lightweight and should wick away moisture.  This does several things.  It can help avoid chafing and help to cool the body better as it dries.  

Cool Weather Clothes Can Be Tricky

The best workout clothes to wear in cooler weather starts out the same as warm weather with lighter weight clothes closer to the body.  Layers can be added as needed.  It always takes a little thought to determine just how much to add.  Dressing too warm can make it uncomfortably warm.  If you dress too cool,  you may not be able to retain enough heat.  More insulating clothes can allow people to remove the outer layer once they begin to warm slightly.

Rain And Wind Can Be Difficult

When there is a threat of rain, it takes a different kind of planning for a workout.  No one wants to get caught out in storms or downpours, but when the threat of rain is spotty, people can still get out and exercise.  Staying in a close radius to home or shelter is wise.  There are clothes available that are water resistant, but care must be taken to insure it is not too heavy or bulky.  When it comes to wind, there are several factors to consider.  Some kind of wind breaking material is helpful, particularly if the wind is cold.  Starting with only short trips away from home can allow people to be able to make the necessary adjustments.  The bottom line is to plan wisely and be flexible.  One thing for sure is that wearing the right clothes for a workout may determine whether or not you want to continue or give it up.  Planning can bring success.

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


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