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Do You Cease Exercising When It Is Cold?

By Tom Herrin

If you are into exercising, you likely try to stay on a schedule as much as possible.  We generally learn a lesson when we get off schedule and have to struggle to get back on.  At least, that has been my experience.  Starting back up is sometimes more difficult than starting in the first place.  If you enjoy being active outdoors, there are more challenges.  It is usually all good when the temperature and weather conditions are pleasant, but it can all change once those temperatures begin to drop.

Dealing with the cold can be brutal, and it can be tough to decide just what to wear.  In my experience, I have ridden a bicycle in really cold temps.  The biggest problem was trying to determine just how to dress in order to keep from starting out too cold or getting too warm too soon.  As progress has been made in exercise clothing, it is now possible to dress in layers and be able to manage these changes much easier.

The Starting Layer

As with anything, we have to do first things first.  The base layer we use is pretty important.  Many people recommend that it be tight-fitting and lightweight.  This is a stark contrast to the sweats of old that could get heavy and cumbersome.  It should wick away moisture and allow good airflow.  There are plenty of places to get these.

The Next Layer

It is obvious that we need some layer with the ability to insulate.  Some of this means that you need to avoid rapid heating or cooling.  The second layer is probably the best for this.  It can be bulky but still lightweight.  Traditional materials such as fleece, wool, and down are still considered to be useful, but newer technology has allowed the development of several other things to choose from.

The Shell

Any kind of outer layer is basically a shell.  Its first job is to protect whatever is inside.  For exercising outdoors, this needs to include resistance to rain and wind.  It also should be able to protect against things that can cause bumps and scrapes as well as be generally abrasive such as sand or rocks.  If it is easy to remove, or open up, it will be even more useful in helping to maintain the best conditions for a good workout.

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

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