By Tayla Adams
It may have taken a while, but the season is finally turning and it’s turning fast. One week the temperature’s in the hundreds, and the next it’s in the mid to low sixties in Los Angeles. This kind of shift in the weather can greatly impact the health and riding comfort for the average daily motorcyclist. In efforts to help you combat sickness and discomfort this winter, I’m going to list my top three tips for staying healthy through this holiday season.
1. Protect your essential body parts against the weather.
Layer. Layer. Layer. My mother swears when cold air hits your chest it’s a gateway for sickness. I’d have to agree with her on this one. The first winter I rode in LA, I wasn’t layering properly and I often felt the sharp sting of cold air slamming against my chest when I’d ride. Needless to say, I also got sick quite a bit that year.
Now, when I dress for winter, I wear a tank top and a t-shirt as my base layers for whatever outfit I’m wearing that day. From there I’m usually wearing a sweater or sleeved shirt. I realize this may sound like over kill, but my blood is thin and I need all the help I can get.
I also strongly recommend leather gloves and thick socks as heat escapes through our extremities. There’s nothing worse than not being able to feel your hands while you ride.
2. Stay dry.
This may sound simple enough, but winter also seems to signal the rainy season in LA. Last year, I felt like it would never stop raining. I was incredibly miserable as I often commuted on my motorcycle anyway. This week I saw many rain clouds, but scattered rains saved me from being caught unprepared in a downpour. In my opinion, there’s nothing worse than riding in the rain in the winter.
If you see it coming, try and get a ride or take an Uber. Riding in cold rain just isn’t worth it in my opinion.
3. Ginger Root Tea
Before you dismiss this tip, don’t. I’d bet money that ginger root tea is the reason I rarely fall sick these days. I boil the ginger root myself,
and add lemon plus honey for flavor. This herbal tea keeps the free radicals at bay and also tastes amazing.
Give my winter approach a try, and enjoy the benefits of remaining healthy this season.
Stay safe in these streets!