Preparing For Exercise In Colder Weather
October 24, 2011
By Doug Sklar for WeatherBug
- One of the most important things you can do is pay attention to the weather by following forecasts.
- Dress in layers. It is easy to add or remove a layer as your body warms up or cools down.
- Base layer -- This is the layer closest to your body. The base layer should be a moisture wicking fabric. Moisture wicking pulls sweat away from the body, leaving you more comfortable. Ask your local sportswear store or simply look for clothing identified on the label as containing moisture wicking fabric. Do not wear cotton. It traps body heat and sticks to the skin, resulting in higher body temperatures and uncomfortable chafing.
- 2nd layer -- This is the most important layer to keep you warm. The 2nd layer should be a synthetic fabric such as polyester.
- Outer layer -- This layer protects you from the elements, such as wind, rain, etc. It should be waterproof, windproof, and breathable.
- Head and hands -- We lose most of our body heat through our head, therefore a hat is extremely important on very cold days.
- It is just as important to hydrate in cooler temperatures as it is in warmer temperatures. Although you may not feel as thirsty, your body is still losing water and electrolytes that need to be replaced. Sip water throughout the day and consume a sports drink during exercise sessions lasting longer than one hour.
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