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Make Good Decisions for Dress in Cold Weather Workout

By Tom Herrin

No matter how much experience we have in some things, we can always improve and learn more.  When it comes to exercising, it can be a challenge determining just how we should dress in order to get the most out of our.  Several years ago, I began riding my bicycle in the evenings.  It worked pretty well until the temperatures dropped.  I still made up my mind that I had to push ahead, so I made a point of riding unless the temperatures dropped below 30 degrees.  It was difficult since it was usually late in the evening.  

In colder weather, the temperatures were usually dropping as I rode.  This called for some planning.  Too many times, I was left guessing as to what would work.  I needed something that would allow me to avoid being too cold at the start or too warm as I moved along.  These days, there are some better options that allow us to dress in layers that function well.

Starting Out

Each layer should have a purpose, and it is suggested that the first one be tight-fitting.  It should wick away moisture while still allowing air to flow.  This keeps us from getting wet and cold.  It allows constant airflow to both keep us dry and cool at the same time.  Without a good base layer, the rest will be difficult.

The Middle Layer

Insulation serves a few purposes.  The middle layer should be designed so that it provides some kind of insulation.  This is usually done by having a thick and bulky material.  This allows it to hold air that creates a buffer and avoids fast heating or cooling.  It also allows moisture to be able to flow out.  If this layer is not there, we may be uncomfortable pretty fast.

A Shell on the Outside

Turtles have a shell to protect the insides.  Our outer layer should serve much the same purpose.  It needs to protect against anything abrasive as well as wind and water.  It should still be lightweight as it provides for more movement of air and moisture.  A heavy outer layer may slow down whatever we do.  It really needs to be easily removed because we may need to make that adjustment as we go.  We don't want to have to interrupt our workout for any length of time.

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

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