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Keep Up Your Outdoor Exercise in the Cold With Layers

By Tom Herrin

No matter how committed we may feel that we are to exercising, some things can interfere with our motivation.  One of these is cold temperatures.  It can be more than a little discouraging to walk out and be hit with colder than expected temperatures.  There are times in which we may feel prepared, but it can be a difficult challenge when we are getting ready to spend a considerable length of time in such temps.  

Some years ago, we wore warm-ups, or sweats,  but they tended to cause us to get saturated and hold too much of the moisture.  It became heavy which increased the difficulty of exercising.  These days, it has been discovered that layers can help us to be far more successful.  We simply have to learn a little about how to make the most of it.

Get a Good Start

The first layer really sets the tone for the rest.  It is generally suggested that you wear an inner layer that is tight-fitting and lightweight.  It should wick away moisture and allow adequate airflow.  Getting wet and staying that way can be discouraging.  These lighter materials can make the experience much better.  

The Insulating Layer

This next layer is the one that does the primary job of insulating.  It should help us to stay warm enough to be active but cool enough to avoid becoming overheated.  This material should be bulky but lightweight.  The materials we may be the most familiar with are fleece, wool, and down.  They all still work.  With the newer technology available, we now have wider varieties of materials that can be used.  This layer must continue to allow moisture to exit and air to flow throughout.

The Protective Layer

Just like any other outer layer, this one needs to provide some protection from external forces.  It should be tough.  It should also be resistant to rain, wind, and objects that may cause minor injuries.  There should be a way to continue to have good airflow.   It needs to have parts that can be removed to maintain maximum comfort.  As part of a good outdoor exercise program, layers are a must.  This may be true of heat or cold, but the cold poses a special challenge that requires good planning.  And most of the clothing is very affordable.

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

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