by Alex Francis
It’s 6 am. You don’t have to be at work until 9, but your clothes have been feeling tighter than usual. You’re beginning to realize that your body just isn’t as resilient to pizza and ice cream as it used to be. So you dig out an old t-shirt and a pair of running shorts that you bought in college, lace up your running shoes, and head out into the sunless morning fog.
You use far-off memories of 8-minute miles to set your pace, and soon you’re running faster than you have in years. The cold air burns your lungs as you try to keep up, but it isn’t shortness of breath that makes you drop to your knees. It’s your hamstring.
Prevent a Pulled Muscle
In your haste to get your workout started as quickly as possible, you neglected to pull on warm-up pants or a sweatshirt, and in your effort to keep up with your 18-year-old self, you skipped the whole “slowly build up to a comfortable pace” thing. And while that kind of determination is certainly admirable, cold muscles just don’t have the flexibility that warm ones do—push them too hard and they’ll snap. And then, just like that, you’re out of commission for weeks.
If you don’t want this to happen to you, just remember to take your time and ease into your workout. Even if you don’t actually feel cold, your muscles still need time to get used to the extra exertion. It’s better to be safe than sorry, so help your body out by wearing warm pants and jackets like Alternative Women’s Classic Joggers and MV Sport’s Ladies’ Performance Fleece Hooded Full-Zip. You can always take them off if it gets too hot.
Firm believers in an active lifestyle and proponents of the early morning jog, we aren’t trying to scare you into staying in bed forever. We just want you to help keep you healthy.