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Oct 27

How To Stay Cheerful As The Temperature Drops!

October is coming to a close, and it’s getting colder.

Photo by Tigresblanco, http://www.flickr.com/photos/74924323@N00/

Hey, I live in San Diego, and I’m taking the scarves out of storage!

So, as the temps drop, and you still have to run around town in your cute little uniform, how do you stay warm enough to keep a smile on your face? The proper gear, my friends, it’s the gear.

You just can’t stunt in bulky hoodies and your comfiest baggy sweats. It’s not safe. So what to do? Well, my absolute favorite peice of sports equipment for about nine months out of the year, is the Under Armor Cold Gear crew neck top. It’s a little steep, I know, but seriously, it’s an investment. I have three of them. That, my practice t-shirt, and maybe a sweatshirt before warmups, and I’m not shaking in my stunts. I freaking love these things!!!!!

Of course, to keep circulation running to your legs, spandex under your shorts, and knee socks are kind of a given. My personal preference are the New Balance Cotton Capri leggings, because for flying, you want your ankles free for your backspot to be able to grab hold of, but for bases, longer pants should pose no problems.

I also recently found this awesome idea for little reuseable handwarmers! You can get adorable heart-shaped, fleece ones at Etsy.com,  or you can make your own!! All you need is some scrap fabric, a sewing machine, and some rice!

Cut the fabric into whatever shape you want (terrycloth, flannel, or fleece work best, since they retain the heat longer and are softer on your hands, so you could easily use an old towel that got stained or something), position them so that the outsides are toucheing each other, so that when it’s sewn up, it will be inside out, and sew up most of the edges, leaving an opening big enough to get the rice in there. Fill it, around 3/4 of the way up with rice- you don’t want it full to bursting. Sew up the last little opening, and viola! Pop it in the microwave for a few seconds, and you have yourself a couple of little homemade heat packs!

Brilliant!

So, these will only work for continuous warmth places where you have access to a microwave, but if you just want to stay warm until after you start bouncing around and get your body warmed up, these are perfect.

Aside from wrapping yourself from head to toe, of course, one of the best ways to stay warm is to stay active, and keep your muscles moving. So have a good, healthy meal, and bounce your happy self all over the gym. Keep warm, and avoid injuries kids! Happy Fall!

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