Cautions For Cold Weather Workout

Cautions For Cold Weather Workout Yesterday's Breaking News post was geared toward those who like to train indoors. Today's is for active adults who like to take exercise outside no mater what the temperature happens to be. A study published in the Journal of Undergraduate Kinesiology Research offers some insight into compensations you might have to make when the thermometer dips below 60 degrees.

After immersing study subjects up to the neck in a 240 gallon tank of 59.9 degree water for 15 minutes, researched noted decreases in grip strength and reaction time. Balance and word recall tests turned up no significant variations, so your brain is pretty well acclimated to cooler temperatures.

True Strength Moment: If you're lifting weights or sandbag training, wearing football style gloves might keep your hands warm enough to negate the grip strength issue. If you're playing some pickup sports in the park, all of the players will be impacted by reaction time in the same way. Make sure you warm up before the game starts, because cooler weather can contribute to muscle pulls and strains if you hit the field without stretching out.
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