Health Watch - Exercise: Cold-Weather Workouts

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This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about exercise. We’ve been discussing the health benefits – the reasons you should be exercising. At this time of year, with all the holiday treats and feasts, exercise is even more important, but as the weather gets colder, it may be more difficult to exercise.

Cold or wet weather doesn’t have to stop you from exercising, even outdoors. Dr. Peter Snell, an exercise physiologist at UT Southwestern Medical Center and Olympic champion runner, says the right cold-weather gear will help you deal with the elements. Look for clothing that protects from wind chill or rain. You’ll also want fabrics that wick moisture away from the body and that prevent heat from building up as your body warms up from exercise. Once you’re exercising vigorously, you may not even notice the cold. You may want layers that you can add or remove as needed.

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November 2010


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