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Staying Safe During Cool Weather Workouts

By Donna Stark

Winter has snow and frigid temperatures, spring has mud and rain, and summer has mosquitoes and humidity. Clearly, there is no better time to exercise outdoors than now, don't you agree? With its mild temperatures and colorful scenery, the fall season is perfect for outdoor workouts. But before you head out the door to get your sweat on, you need to make sure your workouts are safe! Nothing ruins your day as much as a trip to the emergency room does, so take a few minutes to look over the following tips on how to stay fit safely while you are cycling, hiking, and walking this season.

What You Should Wear

When you are deciding what to wear for your outdoor workout, you need to remember only one word ... layers! Dressing in layers is important because the weather tends to change significantly throughout the day during this season. Be sure to wear a base layer, a layer for warmth, and a layer for any potential weather elements (including gloves, a hat, and sunglasses). If you are getting ready to hit the road on your bike, a helmet, reflective clothing, and closed-toe shoes are a must. For hiking and walking, make sure your footwear provides good arch support and is appropriate for the weather.

What You Should Pack

Even though the temperatures are on the cooler side now, don't make the mistake of not packing enough water. Staying adequately hydrated is still essential for your overall well-being, no matter what workout you choose! And if you are going to be gone for a significant amount of time, pack a snack and apply sunscreen as well. Here are some additional items for you to consider too, just in case they are needed.

  • Cycling - Flat tire kit, small hand pump, and water bottle holder
  • Hiking - Navigation tools, first-aid kit, walking stick, and headlamp
  • Walking - Fitness step counter, flashlight, and ankle weights

Fall Fitness Safety

The warm sun combined with the cool air is exactly what the doctor ordered for your outdoor workouts and boy, did Mother Nature deliver! There is no better time to hit the roads and trails, but remember, you need to do so safely! So before you head out, keep the above suggestions in mind. If you don't, you may be increasing your risk of injury and unfortunately could end up looking at those beautiful, colorful leaves from the window of your doctor's office.

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

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