How to dress for cold weather, according to experts

sYou’ve probably been there: strapped tightly and wearing so many layers you’re already starting to sweat. Well, it turns out that bundling clothes that are too tight for working out outdoors isn’t necessarily the best way to dress in cold weather. Reason? Tight clothing can slow blood circulation, reduce your body’s natural warming processes, and prevent warm air from insulating you inside your clothing.

Nothing wrong with assembly, don’t get me wrong. However, it becomes a problem if anything limits your range of motion, causes you to feel a tingling sensation, or leaves marks on your skin. You should not have red streaks or indented marks on your skin. There should be a small space between the item and your body so that the air can keep you warm. So, if your dressing strategy for cold-weather workouts includes clothing that’s too tight, we’ve got a more effective method below.

How does the body keep warm, anyway

Humans and other mammals maintain their body heat through processes such as sweating, shivering, or behavioral modifications (such as taking off a jacket or snatching a blanket), according to the online medical research library Statpearls. There are other ways your body maintains balance, too. Your cells generate warmth by converting stored energy into heat. This heats up your blood, which travels throughout your body.

When you get cold, you start shivering, which causes your skeletal muscles to contract. Your body conserves energy through a process called vasoconstriction, which occurs when small muscles in your blood vessels squeeze together to slow blood flow. The thing is that reduced circulation means that wherever the blood doesn’t reach it won’t be as warm. Do you know how to cool your hands and feet easily? These outsiders are among the first to experience hypothermia.

In addition, your body hair traps the heat that it generates. You know that goosebumps feeling? This is actually an attempt to keep you warm. Fine hairs are found all over your body for many reasons, and insulation is one of them. The warmth your body generates warms the air closest to your skin. These tiny bristles trap that warm air and keep you nice and cozy.

Why is this important for your wardrobe choices

Tight clothing is not the most effective item to wear because it makes blood circulation more difficult, and doesn’t work in tandem with the current body warming process. “Blood flow is essential to exercise, warming the body and just overall, survival,” says Jordan Allison, PT, DB, cold-weather athlete, ultra runner, marathon, trail runner from Colorado In Motion. “If you slow it down, you won’t be able to warm yourself as efficiently, and you’ll also have trouble regulating your temperature if you’re doing different activities.”

To wear cold weather clothing, it is important to think about how to warm the body. Since you naturally release heat, the best way to insulate yourself is to wear clothing that traps the warm air in your clothes. For example, mittens are more effective than mittens because they have extra room to hold warm air. If you wear tight clothing such as tights that are too small, layers of leggings or a T-shirt that clogs your body, there will be no space between the material and your skin.

For optimal toast, there should be a small amount of space so that warm air generated by your body can radiate from your skin and accumulate inside the insulation. Clothes that are too tight or too thin don’t give warm air a chance to hang around your body and do the work that keeps you warm. The tighter those clothes are, the more they slow down the blood flow which prevents your body from heating itself efficiently.

What should we wear instead

“I would encourage people who exercise or move outside in cold conditions to wear gloves and wear layers instead of compression clothing. This is because you can adapt your clothing better to your body temperature and any changing elements such as snow, wind or rain,” says Dr. Alison. He adds that blood flow is essential for your body during exercise to get needed oxygen to your muscles, which is important for strength, endurance, strength, and recovery.

Dr. Allison adds that the classes are incredibly effective. “Just make sure you’re layering without being mindful of tightness or form-fitting. You also don’t want to be burdened with a bunch of heavy, tight clothing. The best guide to consider is less is more. That’s why wool is such a great material,” he adds. For winter wear, it traps heat and keeps you insulated with perfect efficiency.

Dr. Allison also recommends checking the weather before heading out. Waterproof gear can be vital to keeping you warm if you’re heading out for a winter run and it’s raining. He adds that heavy sweating in your winter clothes can also contribute to faster cooling. Staying warm has many benefits, including injury prevention, improved performance, and the ability to stay out in the cold and do the sports you love – for longer.

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