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Layers Can Beat Giving up Outdoor Exercising

By Tom Herrin

Even the most dedicated among us can run into problems from time-to-time when relying on outdoor workouts.  A few years ago, I became determined to ride my bicycle every night.  I would do this as long as temperatures were above 30 degrees.  It was a challenge as it was usually later in the evening.  When it was cold, the temperature often dropped as I rode.  Dressing the right way was a pretty big problem as I didn't want to start out too cold, but I didn't want to get too warm too fast either.  With recent developments in fabric, dressing in layers can now make exercising outdoors in the cold much easier and successful.

Start out Right

As with anything, we have to do first things first.  This includes having a good base layer.  One of the keys with layers is that each has a function.  It has been recommended that this first layer be tight-fitting and lightweight.  It should also be able to wick away moisture while allowing good airflow.  Getting wet with perspiration, and staying that way, can tend to curb motivation.  These newer materials can increase comfort while enduring colder conditions and help us to look forward to continuing our sessions.

Insulate in the Middle

A good second layer can be as important as any other.  This layer is the one with the primary responsibility of keeping us warm enough while helping us to avoid overheating.  Bulky material that is lightweight is still a standard.  Some of the more familiar materials, such as wool, fleece, or down, can still work well.  There are also newer materials that are designed to do the same job while remaining extremely lightweight.  While this layer insulates, it also must continue to allow moisture to escape and air to move around.

Protect on the Outside

As with anything, whatever is on the outside must be able to protect us.  It has to be tough.  It should have the ability to resist rain, wind, and abrasions.  You may be surprised when you are faced with objects that can cause bumps and scrapes.  This layer needs to be something we can adjust as we go.  Parts that are easily removed can help us to maintain a desirable temperature as conditions change.  With a little planning, and low costs, you should be good-to-go.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Cedar Park, Tex.

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