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Eat Right for Better Cool Weather Workouts

By Tom Herrin

For those who try to make a priority of staying in shape, making some adjustments in the cooler temperatures is important.  The variables that need to be considered are quite different from those in warm temperatures.  Running around all day in some kind of lightweight clothing lends itself to easy access to almost any kind of workout.  When the temperatures drop, there may be a few more challenges.  Some things, such as a proper warm-up routine, may need to be more extensive and involve more time.  Several other things may need some adjustment as well.  Like so many other things people do, success in these conditions really needs good planning in order to work as someone would have them to.

The Workout Must Remain Important

It is far too easy for people to put off a workout because they have too many other things on their agenda.  This is a very common problem and addressing it means setting priorities.  It may be a matter of deciding what is most important.  While work and family activities should obviously take a significant place on any list, doing things that preserve and protect health must be on that list somewhere.  It is critical to make it happen while minimizing the amount of time it takes away from other activities.

Connect with the Weather

It may sound a little ridiculous to think about a relationship with the weather, but it actually works.  As the temps cool, it is important to dress appropriately.  It is also a good opportunity for people to use the temperature to their advantage.  Cooler temps may allow for people to work out wearing something that can be easily shed as they heat up during activity.  Knowing their own level of tolerance is essential.

Feed Your Needs

When you are working out in the cool temps, it is important to remember what your body requires as you do so.  Taking in adequate protein and vegetables can be a great start.  You will want to plan ahead.  Make selections about your meals that includes thought about what kinds of needs you will have to meet.  I try hard to give some planning and thought ahead of time so that I will be able to power whatever I am doing.  It can make a real difference.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Lone Tree, Colo.

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