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Dress for the Workout Occasion

By Tom Herrin

Getting dressed for a workout sounds simple.  The point is to get dressed so that it is possible to do what is intended.  That sounds self explanatory.  The point is that workouts are intended to provide exercise.  The clothes worn should allow people to move freely and maintain a comfortable temperature.  Thinking ahead to be aware of the workout conditions can make quite a bit of difference.  Planning can make the difference in success and failure.

The Type Of Activity Is Important To Consider

At one time, a good set of sweats was the standard wear for just about any kind of exercise.  They provided a certain amount of insulation so that people could warm up properly.  The fact that they were a little baggy seemed inconsequential.  When they got wet with perspiration, they tended to stay that way.  They also hung a little too loose.  These materials were not very good at allowing air flow, so cooling off was sometimes difficult.  Today’s fabrics are much improved.  For people working out in warmer weather, materials that wick away moisture can allow much better comfort and control of body temperature.  It is well advised to wear them under these conditions.

Colder Weather Requires Different Planning

Lighter clothing can be essential in cool weather, as well.  Good planning in such temperatures should include layering with the outer layers being more insulating.  That will allow them to be removed more easily as people begin to warm more during activity.  It can be a little tricky trying to determine just how warm to dress to start out.  While riding a bicycle in colder weather, I have found that I try to start out feeling almost cold, only to warm to a comfortable temperature within the first half mile of riding.  It takes a little trial-and-error.

Be Aware Of Rainy Weather

It is always difficult to plan for rain.  If there is much chance, I try to stay within a reasonable distance so that I can get back if the clouds open up.  Some protective rain gear can help if it is lightweight and can be kept out of the way.  Wind can be a challenge, particularly if it is a cold wind.  Some kind of material that can break it is essential.  The old saying about failing to plan means planning to fail applies for sure in dressing for workouts.  Don’t get caught unplanned, and make the experience a good one.

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Corpus Christi, Tex.


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