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Get the Most From Exercising in the Cold

By Tom Herrin

For those of us who choose to exercise outdoors, the weather and temperature become big concerns.  Even a fairly minor change can sour our attitude toward getting out and participating.  Past experiences may be our big drawback.  If we worked out wearing sweats, we may have been fine at the beginning but become discouraged when we ended up wearing wet clothes and got cold.  Even wearing some kinds of wind suits may have been a problem as we may not have been able to ever get warm enough.  Today, we are fortunate in that we have lots of choices in clothing that is designed to meet the challenge.  With these higher tech designs, it is possible to dress in layers that can help to make our workouts more productive.  Each layer has its own job, and good planning can make it all happen as it should.

The First Layer

Many people now recommend that we start with a first layer that is tight-fitting and lightweight.  This is a vast improvement over the sweats of old.  Many wear silk or polyester or some similar material for this.  This layer should wick away moisture and allow good airflow.  This will enhance comfort as it is much better to be dry as we are physically active.  A good start here can go a long way toward success in maintaining the momentum for working out.

The Second Layer

At least one layer needs to be insulated, and this is the layer.  This layer should keep us warm.   It should be bulky but lightweight so that it can hold air spaces and prevent rapid heating and cooling. It is the same basic principle as insulating a house.   This layer still must allow moisture to exit and air to flow.  Some of these have pockets and zippers that may be helpful as well.

The Outer Layer

Whatever we wear on the outside should offer pretty good protection to us.  It will be dealing with the elements and needs to resist rain, wind, and abrasive materials.  We may encounter sand or rocks, or we may face things that can cause bumps and scrapes.  If this layer has removable parts, we will have an easier time making adjustments as we go.  If we are to remain motivated to go on, we need to have some level of comfort.

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

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