If there’s one thing you can count on happening after a tough run, ride or swim, is that your body will heat up. The purpose of exercise is to get your blood pumping, heart pounding and skin sweating; all of which, come from your body producing heat.
But, it’s after your workout when staying conscious of your body heat becomes most important.
Aside from enhancing your luxe-active outfit and providing some pockets to hide post-workout snacks in, there are two main ways throwing on your favourite jacket and staying warm after exercise can help your body:
Wear a Jacket to Prevent Injury
Personal trainer, Patrick Sherwood, says cooling down too quickly after exercise can increase your likelihood of injury and reduce your recovery time.
“When we train we are essentially damaging or traumatising our muscles – therefore forcing them to adapt and grow – when we stop suddenly, they are inflamed and tight.”
If you let your body quickly rest and cool while your muscles are in this state, you allow them to tighten, which can cause unwanted injury and hinder recovery time.
Instead, maintaining the heat produced during a workout and allowing your body to slowly and naturally cool down can help to reverse the inflammation in muscles and ensure you stay uninjured.
The same is true for during exercise, which is why we often see professional athletes wrap themselves in blankets or jackets while on the bench mid-game.
Keeping your muscles warm in between exercises will ensure your body is prepared and ready to tackle the next set, helping you avoid cramps and lessen your chance of pulling a muscle.
Wear A Jacket to Prevent Illness
After exercise, your muscles are warm, your skin is dripping, and your body temperature is higher than its normal 37 degrees.
Sudden change in temperature, wind and moisture all have an effect on the state of your body and health. If you were to head straight from the treadmill to the concrete, or generally allow your body to cool too quickly after a workout, you put yourself at risk of developing a cold or flu.
Staying warm and allowing your body to slowly acclimatise after a workout is important for optimum health.