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Wintertime: Keep Those Workouts Going

By Stephen R. Farris

As the temperatures drop around this time of year, it may be difficult to get in your workout like you're used to, especially if it involves being outdoors. Sure, you might have a treadmill in your home that can help you with your walking or running regimen, and you can probably crank up the stereo system rather than having to wear earbuds like you would outdoors.

It's not quite the same though. At least outdoors you have the scenery, fresh air to breathe, and not trapped into walking or running in just one spot. Being indoors too much during cold weather could possibly bring on depression as well.

However, it doesn't have to be this way. What I mean is, you don't necessarily have to stay cooped up indoors all winter long to work out. You can still get outside. Just follow a few simple rules and tricks.

Bundle Up

On those cold days, wear a warm comfortable jacket that is loose enough to move around in. In more extreme conditions, wear thermal under clothing to help keep you toasty on those morning walks or runs. Make sure to keep a check on yourself at intervals during your workout. You don't want hypothermia to take hold.

Pre-Workout Stretching

A must for any workout is stretching those muscles before going forward. Do rotating motions for your arms, knee bends or high steps for the legs along with other forms of stretching so you can help avoid stiffness, cramping or pulling something during the course of your workout.

Protect Yourself

No, I'm not talking about arming yourself with a weapon, but rather protecting your body by staying hydrated. Even though we might not feel it happens, working out in colder temperatures can also lead to dehydration. Dress in layers. We might start out bundled up to the gill, but as the temps warm during our workout, the hotter our bodies can get and it might not be a bad idea to peel off a layer or two as long as we stay comfortable. Also watch out for those UV rays from the sun. It's a good idea to use sun protection on exposed skin while working out outdoors in any type of weather.

Getting outside can help decrease that "cabin fever" feeling, even on a cloudy, dreary day. No matter the conditions, indoors or out, exercise combined with good nutrition is good for our bodies. We all need it!

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

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