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Is Exercising in the Cold Bad



Exercise is great for health and looking good and feeling great – but so you need to consider the weather when you exercise outside in the cold, obviously wearing the right clothing is very important – but from a “Beauty” point of view lets look at your skin – take a look at serious athletes – many of them actually do not look that healthy on their face, long exposure to the elements and pushing the body does show on the face.  So to help this situation always nourish your skin well before you start – a good anti aging pure oil serum – like Jojoba is a good start and use a protection on top – like a BB cream (with natural ingredients not containing parabens or chemicals) that has a sun protection factor – Many sunscreens contain harmful ingredients so be sure to read the label.  After exercising, cleanse the skin well and apply your serum – allow to penetrate and then your moisturizer you skin will love you for it. Now -let’s now look at your body..


Is Exercising In The Cold Bad For Your Body?

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If you’ve ever exercised in the cold, you know the sensations. Your muscles feel tighter. Your toes and hands go numb. The cold air rushing through your mouth and nose, down your windpipe, and into your lungs can feel harsh and, at times, painful. Afterward, you may have a slight, sometimes dry, sometimes wet cough. These sensations can cause wonder, and worry. “Is it bad to work out in the cold?” you may ask yourself. “Are my muscles supposed to feel this way? Is the cold air doing harm to my lungs and body?” We spoke with Dr. Sean Robinson of the Oregon Health and Science University, an avid winter runner with a Certificate of Added Qualification in sports medicine, for some answers.

Stretch Smart
No matter the temperature, before you workout, you need to warm up. But, when it’s cold, it’s doubly important. “Muscle contraction is negatively affected by temperature,” Robinson explains. “The stiffness that you feel in the cold weather is related to this issue. The thought is that the muscle has a harder time getting oxygen from your blood in colder temperatures and your muscles need oxygen to contract, thus making contraction more difficult.” So, how do you counteract the tightness and make sure it doesn’t turn into pain and injury? Dynamic stretching.

“The notion of stretching before running is often debated,” Robinson states. “There are a group of experts who feel that injury prevention is not affected if you stretch prior to exercising, and a group that feels it helps. Most will agree that dynamic stretching is better than static stretching. Cold weather will generally make you feel stiff, and a gentle dynamic stretching routine can do wonders for your muscles.” When it’s cold out, Robinson prefers warming up outdoors to prepare his body for the weather.

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