Warm Up Your Body Even In Cold Weather
After having surgery for weight loss such as the lap band procedure, regular exercise, such as running, is important to maintain weight loss and improve stamina. As the temperature drops colder and colder in Ann Arbor, getting a good work-out in colder temperatures may seem a bit daunting. However, even with colder temperatures, a short run outdoors can prove to be beneficial for both mind and body.
There are a few things that you can do to protect yourself from the elements without bundling yourself so much that you over-heat.
First, layer your clothing starting with nylon based fabric. Avoid cotton fabrics if possible, since cotton tends to trap moisture and may leave your body cold and damp. Nylon fabric has natural wicking to it, which will keep you dry and warm.
Next, warm up your muscles. This is particularly important when the weather is cold, since cold weather makes muscles cold, thus much less flexible. To warm up your muscles, first stretch indoors for about 5-10 minutes. Begin your run with a brisk walk for about 5 minutes and gradually build up to your regular running speed. Slow your run down to a brisk walk at the end of your run and stretch again for 5-10 minutes indoors.
Finally, stay hydrated. Drinking water is extremely important whenever you work out, but even more so in colder weather. Cold weather tends to dry out your skin as well as dehydrate, so drinking 12-24 ounces of water before your workout and 12-24 ounces after your workout will help ensure proper hydration.