Be Fit For Life

with Ellen Cohen-Kaplan

Still time to enjoy the great outdoors!

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First of all, let’s hear it for the home team- GOOOO Sox! Don’t make it look like my kids’s little league games when the ball pinballed around the field!  Let’s all hope for an outcome that’s much better than last night’s conclusion!

On a calmer note, as the weather cools, and autumn is well under way, it’s a good idea to take a few precautions when exercising outdoors. I can feel the difference cycling with a few extra layers, but the air is revitalizing. I have to admit, I like fewer layers, but the endorphin payoff keeps me going!

There are benefits to exercising as the weather gets colder. Fresh, colder air can actually enhance the endorphin effect, as the body has to work harder to maintain a comfortable temperature. You burn more calories warming the body when the outside temperature drops into the 40’s and below.  Sunlight becomes more important  to prevent the oft reported effects of depression that some people experience due to less light during shorter days and fewer days with sunshine. Some precautions are in order, however- It’s important to warm the incoming air to the lungs , so use a scarf or neck gaiter over your mouth and nose so your airways do not get too dry and irritated. Also, take care to warm up slowly enough to allow the yourself to acclimate to the cooler air. Be careful not to get too chilled.   Try not to stay too long outside after  you’ve worked up a sweat as you’ll get much colder as your sweat may begin to freeze. Hydration is still important, even though you may not feel as thirsty in the cold weather. You also may want to vary your route if you’re walking, running or cycling to be in places that are not as open and more wooded to shield you from the wind.

Check out the full article on this website:

On another note, this weekend was the BU alumni weekend, and I went to a very good lecture on advances in rehab care and technology. The researchers also covered areas regarding exercise and aging, and again, studies are overwhelmingly proving that exercise provides a myriad of anti-aging effects. I’ll write more about that next week. Stay tuned!

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