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Warming Up Is More Critical in the Cold

By Tom Herrin

No matter what the outside temperature is, people can still have a productive workout.  With that said, it is really important for them to take into consideration the kinds of issues they will be dealing with when the temps are colder and people may be forced indoors more.  Who doesn't enjoy getting outside for a good workout?  Whether it is to run, bike, or just go for good walks, there is nothing that really compares to some natural light and scenery.  Too many times, people become discouraged and stop trying to maintain their exercise program once they are forced inside.  It doesn't have to be that way if they will look ahead and plan accordingly.

Layers Can Make Life Comfortable

The warm temps can tend to lull people into a false sense of security of sorts.  The pleasure of wearing whatever they want and working out when they please can spoil most.  Once it becomes a little colder, all of the rules change.  It is increasingly important for people to dress in clothing that can keep them warm enough but not too warm.  This is usually best accomplished by dressing in layers.  It is a good idea to start out slightly cool knowing that as they move around, they will need to remove some items so that they can keep a more constant temperature.

Food Should Be Well Thought out

Even though people understand the need to eat, they often fall short in addressing the needs of their body in order to be sufficiently prepared for the activity.  Plenty of fruits and vegetables are important to supply the needed vitamins that are lost during activity.  A good source of protein must be provided as well in order for the muscles to grow and function as they should.

Invest Time in Warming Up

We may think of warming up as a token thing that goes with exercise.  It is actually more important than that.  Allowing the body the time to increase the blood flow to as many areas as possible can help to prevent injury to muscles during exercise in the cold.  Of course, in the process, the body temperature is raised and can be maintained better.  I try to improve my warm-up as much as possible in the cold because I understand the importance and can ill afford injury that is so much more common as I age.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Bluffton, S.C.

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