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Is it a good idea to exercise outside in cold weather?

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Just because the weather outside may be cold, you can still work out - within reason.  

Even outdoor games can give you a good workout. Tom Daglis is the director of tennis operations in Decatur.  

"One of the great things about tennis is that it is a cardio sport," Daglis said. "You will be doing lots of bursts, so that's energy going into your body.  It helps the oxygen go through your body."

You might be surprised how that translates to calories burned. "If you play a singles match it could be as much as 3-4 miles of running during a single match."

But just like exercising in the summer, there are some preliminary steps you should take.

One of the things you need to remember if you're going to be exercising outside is preparation.  That means stretching, and knowing exactly what you are going to do and how long you are going to do it.

"I would recommend that people stretch a little bit before they start. Sometimes if they go too fast, too quickly, that can have a bad effect on you but if you prepare correctly then you get the full benefit," said Daglis.

Make sure you wear layered clothing with something absorbent which can wick away perspiration next to the skin.  

"The body has to breathe, and so you start with as much as you need to stay warm but as you bring up the heart rate and bring up the body temperature then you can start taking off some layers," he said.

You can work with a buddy or alone. Daglis has a great program here.

"In tennis, we have something called 'Cardio tennis clinic.' Those are drop-in clinics, people drop in and they will exercise to music and you will be hitting a lot of balls. You don't have to be a good tennis player but it gets the body active and its a way to come and play with out having to plan in the future."

By keeping your exercise routine you are serving up winning points for your body.  

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