With winter coming in strong it is important to continue with your workouts even when it isn’t easy which means adapting to the weather change. We are days away from the shortest day of the year and here in Seattle it is getting light out around 8 am and then is dark again at 4pm – not much time to get outside during the work day. Thanks to my FitBit and a gym close by to my office, I’m making it happen. But for winter workouts: what to wear? In this dark stormy weather, being safe outside is key!
There are many ways to continue to keep your fitness goals in check throughout the cold season though it may take a little more preparation than other times of the year. Whether you’re heading outside for a brisk walk or jog, you need to dress appropriately for the weather. When you plan ahead, you’ll continue to have great workouts in any weather condition. Read on for some tips you can use to best prepare yourself to enjoy workouts even in the crummiest weather – Winter Workouts: what to wear.
In the Winter, More is always better than less.. you can always take off layers.
Before you head out, focus on the following to make sure you’re always the right temperature:
Keep your core warm-
a lot of the heat produced by your body stays within the middle of your body; if your core gets cold then the rest of your body will feel the same. What to wear- an extra tank top under your shirt or a vest over your shirt
Keep your hands warm-
With the extra wind from running, it gives an extra chill to your hands or face, so cover it up! What to wear- Some personal favorite brands of winter gloves are Nike and Under Armour.
Keeping the core, arms and neck warm are a must in harsh weather conditions. A waterproof jacket is a must if you live in areas where it often rains or snows. Waterproof also doubles as a great wind protector which is key for outdoor safety. What to wear- the Nike winter Jacket is prime for temperatures under 40 degrees, strong wind or even snow. The rainproof jacket keeps you dry and blocks the winchill. It also has a pullout mask, hand covers and hidden zippers/pockets to store your phone and keys in.
Tights are a necessity in the winter! There are several great brands of tights, but some characteristics to look out for include a zipper pocket for keys/phone, drawstrings to adjust the waistline and a fleece inside. What to wear- A great brand of fleece tights for cold temperatures, 30degrees or less, are Oiselle’s fleece tights. They have a drawstring and hidden pocket large enough for a phone. Make sure to order a size bigger than normal as they run small!
Keeping your Ears Warm-
Along with your hands and core, keeping your head warm is key! Wearing ear bands helps prevent your head from overheating while keeping your ears warm. What to wear- Try a Nike ear band.
Depending on the weather different types of shoes will work best and keep you the safest. Keep in mind if you live in an area with ice and snow, in an environment that is slick with rain and wet leaves or if you’ll be running on variable terrain in the dark. What to wear- Nike Pegasus- A great brand of shoes with lots of traction on the bottom of the shoe, they are supportive and will give you the best run on dry surfaces or slush. For snow surfaces, Brooks trail runners will be the best choice. They are a trail shoe shaped and made to glide over any surfaces, they are more durable in the snow. Overall when looking at shoes for the winter, look for good traction and fit to prevent slipping!
All of these layers of clothing are ideal for the winter time so you never need to skip out on getting outside if you are prepared correctly. Keep these items in mind as we head into the gift-giving season as they might just be the perfect Christmas Gift for friends and family who love to be active and healthy all year long.
Bonus tip by Mallori:
Before heading out on a cold run or walk, warm up some water and add a squirt of fresh lemon juice for some zest before you head out. Staying hydrated in the winter is key for safe workouts.
This post was written with expertise by my Champagne Nutrition intern Mallori who runs track and cross country at Washington State University – you can find her on Twitter and Intagram. How do YOU stay active in the winter? Any favorite pieces of clothing that keep you going? Let me know!