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Layers Can Make Exercise in the Cold a Success

By Tom Herrin

A good routine of exercise can provide a pretty good feeling.  As long as conditions remain stable, all is well.  For those of us who rely on outdoor exercise as a major part of our program, changing conditions can be a problem.  Even though Texas is generally considered to have mild temperatures, we know that can change in a heartbeat.  With the really humid conditions near the coast, these may seem intensified.  When those colder temps seem to drive us indoors, we may be able to stay with our program if we have a good plan.  A major part of this has to be just how to manage the temperature changes.  Layers can be a good answer.

A Base Layer

Years ago, many of us thought that a good set of warmups was the answer to working out in the cold.  One of the big problems with this was that we may begin to perspire and get a little soaked.  It could be pretty miserable.  With the progress that has been made in fabrics, it is now suggested that we wear something that is tight-fitting and can wick away moisture.  Allowing airflow can help to keep us dry as well as cool when we may begin to heat up.  Of course, this layer needs to be as thin and lightweight as possible.

A Good Middle Layer

The bulkiest layer may need to be the middle layer.  It is still the one that should be the most insulating.  It can be bulky but lightweight.  Some of the traditional materials such as wool, fleece, or down can still do a good job of this.  There are also some newer materials that are well-designed for this.  This layer must still allow moisture to move out and air to move around.  Some of these may have adjustable parts as well.

A Tough Outer Layer

The layer that is outside everything else is the one that meets the elements.  It should be able to resist rain, wind, and abrasions.  It protects us.  It is the final layer that helps to remove moisture while allowing airflow.  Having ways to remove parts of this layer can be a great help in managing conditions as we move and things change.  Thanks to modern technology, this can all be done with affordable prices and a little planning.

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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