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Is It Tough for You to Exercise in the Cold?

By Tom Herrin

The thought of exercising outdoors when the temperatures are low does very little to motivate some of us.  When things are good, it is easy to get out there and get going, but a change in the temperature can turn our enthusiasm full-scale.  

When I was younger, I enjoyed the challenge of  being physically active in the cold.  A group of friends and I would play some kind of games such as football in all kinds of weather.  As I grew older, I still enjoyed activity, but I was a lot more cautious about getting out there.  The thought of wearing sweats when it was cold was fine, but once I got wet with perspiration, it was hard ever warming up again.  With the progress made in activewear today, it is possible for us to dress in a way that allows us to be able to move freely while keeping ourselves at a temperature that is pretty comfortable.  With layers, we can plan well and be successful.

The Base Layer

It is important to begin with the right stuff.  Is is recommended that we wear a base layer that is tight-fitting and lightweight.  The ability to wick away moisture and promote good airflow are also critical to success.  We definitely want to keep from staying wet, and good airflow can keep us constantly dry as we perspire.

The Middle Layer

In the cold, some layer needs to keep us warm.  This second layer is the one that needs to insulate us.  Some of the older materials for this are fine.  Wool, fleece, and down do a good job today as they always have, but we now have the benefit of some other materials that have been developed to do this as well.  Some of these layers have various pockets, zippers, etc., that can be useful.

The Outer Layer

Whatever is on the outside needs to be tough.  This is the layer that protects us.  It should be able to resist rain, wind, and any kind of abrasive materials.  It also needs to protect us from bumps and scrapes.  If this layer has some removable parts, it will be helpful for us to make the necessary adjustments.  If we can achieve reasonable comfort as we exercise in the cold, we are far more likely to continue our program.

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

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