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Stay Right While Exercising in the Cold

By Tom Herrin

It is important to stay motivated if you are going to be successful with any exercise program.  As with so many things, it can be much more easily said than done.  For those of us who rely on exercising outdoors, all is generally well until the temperature changes.  At that time, the challenges begin to build.  

As a bicycle rider determined to ride every day possible, I quickly found that riding in cold temperatures posed some special obstacles.  I usually rode in the late evenings.  I finally decided I would do so as long as the temperature was above 30 degrees.  The problem was that, in order to be warm enough to begin, I was dressed in a way that caused me to overheat quickly.  I have since found that layer is the best way to make it work.

A Base Layer

When I began riding, I often wore sweats.  They served a good purpose, but they became saturated and heavy.  Before long, they were pretty uncomfortable.  It is suggested that you begin with a good base layer.  Clothing that is tight-fitting and lightweight is considered to be ideal.  It should wick away moisture and allow good airflow.  This will not only help to keep you drier but also move air to cool you.

Insulation Is Key to a Good Second Layer

The middle layer should be designed to keep you warm.  As with any kind of insulation, it helps if it is bulky enough to have air spaces within it.  It should also be lightweight.  There are lots of traditional materials that can do this along with quite a few newer ones.  This layer will keep you warm enough to avoid having a start that is too cold and prevent a sudden warm up or cool down.  Air and moisture should continue to pass through it easily.

Protect Yourself With a Good Outer Layer

The outermost layer has more than one significant job and needs to be tough.  One of the primary jobs is to protect from wind and rain.  It also should offer protection from objects that could cause pain or discomfort.  Having removable parts that are easy to operate.  This can allow you to make the necessary adjustments to maintain the level of comfort you desire.  The less time required to take things off or put them on, the easier it may be to stay motivated.

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

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