Winter Workout Wear
Dressing for outdoor winter workouts will vary according to where you live and what the day’s weather holds. The first thing you need to do, especially in colder climates, is to check the weather before you get ready. Will there be precipitation, and what type? What temperatures are forcasted and what is the current temperature? Now that you’re armed with that information, you can make smart dressing decisions.
Appropriate winter workout wear requires layering in order to stay comfortable in a variety of weather conditions. It also makes sense to layer since your body will be changing during the workout. You may start out cold, and then begin to sweat. At cooldown time, you may get chilly again, so layering is essential to accommodate all the changes that will surely take place. You should try to keep your clothing as lightweight as possible for freedom of movement.
The Inner Layer
There are three basic layers to consider when dressing for winter exercise in colder climates. Lets’ discuss the layer closest to your body first. This should be a lightweight, moisture wicking layer of clothing. Don’t choose cotton, because when you sweat it will hold the moisture close to your skin and the wet clothing will cool off, making you very cold. Polypropylene is a good choice for the inner layer. It not only wicks moisture away from your body, but dries quickly as well. Check out PolyproThermals. Some polypropylenes can actually serve as thermal underwear and fleece in one. This can be a good thing, but for more layering options, try a lighter, thinner inner layer, such as silk or Capilene. “Under Armor” Cold Gear has become very popular.
The Middle And Outer Layers
The middle layer is what I call the fleece layer. Fleece keeps you warm and dries fast. Microfleece jackets are a good choice. It should be waterproof. Fleece pants are also available, but depending on the type of winter activity you are dressing for, they may not be necessary. Over the fleece layer add a windproof, waterproof layer for keeping out the water and elements. A waterproof wind suit works well. For colder conditions, an insulated outer layer is best.
Dressing for outdoor winter workouts will vary according to the activity as well as your local weather. Walkers that stick to the streets will have different needs than skiers or hikers, so you’ll need to take these factors into consideration when planning what to wear. Find winter workout wear here: REI
Cold ears can ruin any workout, so go for warm fleece earbands. Polar fleece hats are a great choice. On the hands, silk glove liners can be layered under gloves or mittens to provide extra warmth. While mittens are actually considered to be warmer than gloves, they do restrict your movement, so it’s an individual call. If you’ll be walking or running on snow or ice, you will want to invest in a pair of strap-on cleats or treads such as Stabilicers, Yaktrax, or Ice Walkers.
1. Polyprothermals: https://www.polyprothermals.com/default.aspx
2. REI: https://www.rei.com