BRAVING THE ELEMENTS ■ HOW TO STAY WARM DURING COLD WINTER MORNINGS

Few things are as energizing as an early morning tennis workout to get your blood pumping. But even in mostly sunny Southern California, temperatures can get chilly and morning people might find the prospect of running around the court in colder weather less than enticing. But there are a few things you can do to deal with the cold weather while staying loose and limber…

1. Get a good night’s rest. That’s important for everyone, but particularly if you practice early in the morning.

2. Warm up longer than usual. Colder weather means the body takes longer to warm up. So prevent muscle aches the next day by warming up with a 10-minute stretching routine, focusing particularly on the shoulders, triceps, quads, hamstrings, and Achilles tendons.

3. Stay hydrated. You may not feel as thirsty practicing or playing in colder weather, but the body still needs fluids. Drink lots of water before you even reach the court, and make sure to stay hydrated.

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