Tuesday, October 7, 2003

The clothes call: layer, layer, layer

By Shauna Scott Rhone
The Cincinnati Enquirer

In real estate, it's "location, location, location." When it comes to exercising in cold weather, it's all about "layer, layer, layer."

"During the winter months, dressing in layers of clothing is a very good idea," says Vikki Glaug, fitness coordinator at the Clermont YMCA. "You can overheat even when it's cold out by not wearing clothes that breathe. The newer fibers allow you to heat up while you work out outside and stay warm during and after your workout."

Clothing made of synthetic fibers pulls moisture away from skin, Glaug says, so it's better for year-round protection.

She also advises keeping extremities covered. "People lose a lot of heat through the top of their heads. "If it's cold but sunny, wear a sunscreen or sunglasses. And drink water. Replenishment of fluids is just as important in the winter as it is in the summer. Water can be lost as exhaled vapors. Plus, your kidneys increase urine production when you're out in the cold."

She advises discussing winter workouts with your doctor .

"If you have a pre-existing medical condition, the cold may be a factor in how it might affect your health. People with asthma or arthritis may want to have a longer warm-up period.

Glaug has advice for walkers, too.

"As long as you can stay warm and are healthy, you can probably walk in colder weather," she says. "Just dress for the weather and you'll be OK."

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