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Cold Temperatures Should Not Prevent Workouts

By Tom Herrin

When it is warm and comfortable outside, it is pretty easy to feel like getting out and doing something.  As long as it is not unbearably hot, it is simple.  As soon as the temperatures begin to fall, many people begin to see things differently.  Along the Texas coast, it is not that it gets all that cold, but it can seem a little uncomfortable and damp.  Many times, the overall motivation to exercise can fall off.  Who wants to get out there if they really don't have to?  It may take a little more to get people interested enough to make a personal sacrifice.  

Make the Most of Daylight

When those days become shorter, sunset is a sign that temperatures may drop pretty fast.  It is also a sign that the usual evening workouts may need to relocate in the daily schedule.  It is important to make that change work and put it in writing.  People need to take advantage of the available daylight when they exercise, particularly if they prefer to do something outside.  Even if it is generally cold, the sun can help to warm through direct exposure, making the exercise experience a good one.

Movement Is Still Needed to Cool Down

After people warm up, then exercise, they need to cool down.  Doing this the right way is just as important as everything else.  Continuing to move for some time after a workout can help to avoid cramps or other unpleasant things.  The point is to make the workout seem to be a fluid part of everyday life.  If people are able to transition in and out of their exercises with ease, their motivation will not disappear.  Those who simply crash or plop down after they finish their routine are less likely to feel as good about doing it again.

Dress Accordingly

Wearing clothes that allow movement for exercising and keep you warm at the same time may take some creativity.  You don't want to overdress or have something that is bulky, yet you want something that will keep you adequately warm.  It may take a little experimenting, but the end result will be a better commitment to your continued self-improvement.  The cold may be an obstacle but not one that is impossible.  Make plans, and enjoy the ride.

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

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