I will be the first to admit that I lose 100% motivation to workout when it’s cold outside. In fact, as I finish writing this it’s just started to snow and I’ve already written off the need to be active today. It feels fine to just decide that it’s too cold out to go on a run or to walk the .7 miles to the gym. However, my training program doesn’t exactly align well with the idea of just laying down and sitting today out, and since it’s only the beginning of winter and it’s only going to get worse, I realized that I needed to find answers to all of my excuses so that they would no longer be valid excuses or something that I could fall back on. Because while it is true, it’s freezing outside, but that doesn’t mean a day off, it means it’s time to buy weather appropriate workout attire.
When running, you never want to be weighed down, so choosing all lightweight performance gear is crucial. All the items that I selected can easily be layered on top of each other, or worn alone if it’s cold but not absolutely freezing.
On cold days, you lose about 10% of your heat from your head, so make sure that you start by covering your ears to keep your head warm. I love this lululemon Frosty Run Toque– cute and functional. Also, the key here is to prevent frostbite and chapping by protecting your skin from the cold and wind. so start by grabbing a dry-fit turtleneck to keep your neck warm and protected. I love this Under Armour ‘Fly By’ Turtleneck because it has moisture-wicking fabric dries quickly to keep you cool and comfortable, and it’s really lightweight so you aren’t going to overheat. You can either throw on a lightweight pullover, like this lululemon Base Runner 1/2 Zip or if it’s raining or snowing, put on a weatherproof running jacket like this Nike ‘Shield Flash’ Hooded Running Jacket. The thing you have to remember is that smartly built athletic attire is not just well marketed standard clothing, it’s performance based that’s intended to help improve your workout. Take, for example, these Nike ‘Pro Hyperwarm’ Tights. They are made of a Dri-FIT Hyperwarm compression fabric that fits tighter to support muscles, reducing fatigue and speeding recovery time. Cool, right? Don’t forget to grab a pair of Nike ‘Tech’ Thermal Running Gloves to keep your hands warm and of course a running armband for ease and convenience.
So what do you wear in the Winter? I’m convinced more than ever of the importance of wearing the appropriate attire to workout in, so let hear what works best for you!
Frosty Run Toque //Under Armour ‘Fly By’ Turtleneck // Base Runner 1/2 Zip // Nike ‘Tech’ Thermal Running Gloves // Nike ‘Pro Hyperwarm’ Tights // Nike ‘E2 Prime Performance’ Run Armband // Nike ‘Shield Flash’ Hooded Running Jacket