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Use Layers to Support Exercise in the Cold

By Tom Herrin

Any time we make exercise a way of life, we try to have steady commitments.  Staying with the program requires discipline.  Working to get up and get out there on a regular basis is no simple task.  When the temperatures drop, it can really add another dimension that may create quite a challenge.  After all, being active at 70 degrees is much easier than doing the same thing at 35 degrees.  If you want to be successful with your program once the temperature drops, you need to plan ahead.  One of the best ways available today is to dress in layers.  It can allow us to manage our level of comfort and maintain greater motivation.

The Primary Layer

Everything must begin somewhere.  Some years ago, the most common clothing for exercise was often sweat suits.  They were heavy and sometimes uncomfortable.  Once they were wet with sweat, they stayed that way.  Effective layering for activity in the cold should begin with a tight-fitting first layer.  It should be lightweight and wick away moisture.  Another key component is that it must have the ability to allow good airflow.  It is necessary to keep air moving so that you can avoid the discomfort of even the slightest dampness.

The Second Layer

While each layer has its own particular function, the middle layer is the one that has the job of insulating.  It can help to keep you warm yet not too much.  This layer should be bulky but still lightweight.  Many of the familiar materials such as fleece, wool, and down, are effective here.  The ability to remove moisture and move air is important, too.  At times, these layers may also have pockets, zippers, and such.  Even though it may sound like a heavy layer, today's technology allows it to be pretty streamlined.

The Protective Layer

Everything has some kind of protective outer shell.  We recognize it more in some things like turtles.  It is necessary to have something that can protect the inside contents.  In the case of layers for exercise, the outer layer needs to be tough enough to resist rain, wind, and any other abrasive substance.  It needs to allow good airflow and be easy to modify.  Removable parts can make it useful in all temperatures.  We are all fortunate that modern advances in fabrics have made these articles of clothing affordable and easy to use.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Midlothian, Va.

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