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Don't Be Blown Away by the Cold

By Tom Herrin

When that north wind blows in a cold front, some people simply pack up their workout gear and put it away for the next year.  How sad it is to work for months to get into better shape only to give up the effort once the temperatures seem to drop.  There is no doubt that the cold creates some new obstacles for many, but it is not insurmountable.  As has been said many times, nothing is impossible.  Those who have struggled to build better health can easily find a way to deal with the colder temps without compromising their program entirely. 

Warm Up Like Your Mean It

One of the most neglected parts of any exercise routine may be the warm-up.  Along with stretching, simply working muscles with a low stress activity can help to accomplish the purpose of bringing blood to as many of the tissues as possible.  This can help avoid injury and heat the body in that area.  There is almost no way to warm up too long, so whatever seems like enough may be a little short.

Breathing Can Be Critical

Everyone knows that they need to breathe.  When people go out in air that is considerably cold, their bodies react by producing moisture to help protect the respiratory system.  Some may think they are getting a cold.  This situation may be helped by wearing a mask or scarf over the face.  Breathing through this can help warm the air and making it a much more pleasant experience.  Too much shock on this system can cause some problems.  It is also best to remember that breathing in through the nose and out through the mouth can help prevent drying in the throat.

Eat Well

Many times, people feel that they need to load up on foods that are heavy in order to warm the body.  This may work when you are not working out, but fruits and vegetables can do a better job of providing the nutrients needed, as well as more water, in most cases.  Some source of protein is also necessary.  It may be cold outside, but you can still make the necessary adjustments to keep up that exercise program.  Why not continue to build what you have started and avoid letting your health take a step backwards just because it is cold?

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

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