Winter Workout Apparel Tips and Tricks to Dress Properly
The benefits of exercise cannot be denied whether it be summer or winter. But during winter most of us like to sit at home and relax rather than going out in the cold. Actually, winter is the best time to work out and get out to enjoy the snow. But you cannot do it abruptly. There are few precautionary measures and dressing tips you have to follow so hypothermia or any other winter problems do not eat you up. With what we are about to share with you, nothing can stop you from working out in winter, and it would be easier for you to maintain your fitness routine and achieve your goals.
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Before dressing up you need to check the forecast, and see if it is possible to go out! If not, we have a plan, workout at home. It will take just a few minutes. Here are some simple workouts you can do at home, or if you have some equipment or even dumbbells then add those. On the other hand, if you plan on going out the right dressing is would save you from the cold. Wind chill can easily penetrate your clothes making the sweat cold that can cause hypothermia. Don’t procrastinate, just wear the right clothes. Keep yourself away from snow and frost.
Thus, a windbreaker, windproof, waterproof and breathable outer layer is most important. Under that a mid-layer or right away the base layer is your choice, depending on the weather and how you feel. Wear layers that you can easily take off and put back on because you will need to!
Now it is time to dress properly. Whether it be an outdoor workout or indoor just a few minutes in the cold can change things for sure.
We’ll start with the base layer. the weather has no concern, the workout will make you sweat, so wear the base layer that is breathable, sweat-wicking, comfortable, and of the perfect size. Materials like cotton won’t let go of the sweat which will act like a cold-water layer on your skin, alert! The base layer’s fitting is most important, because if it is not like a second skin how the moisture will be wicked. Choose the one that is made just for you, at least it should feel like it. Composite fabrics of cotton blends with polypropylene, silk, polyester, Thermax, spandex, elastane or these as separates are also good, except the rubbery and plastic-type materials. If the base layer is lightweight you will feel comfortable and relaxed.
One of the good things about these layers is that because of the moisture evaporating efficiently your body will cool down better thus you will be able to work out better. Compression shorts and shirts are best, but just sweat-wicking and breathable T-shirt and shorts are also good to go.
Now comes the part where you have to decide depending on the weather. If you feel like, this layer should be warm and breathable and the rest does not matter. Choose the layer of your choice, by the way, my favorite one is a hoodie or sweatshirt with a nice base layer underneath. It will act like insulation! For the legs, I usually did wear a mid-layer and outer most layer is joggers with compressions shorts or pants under. The zippered or buttoned layer is more of my choice because as I feel like taking them off or putting back on it can be easily done.
It doesn’t have to be snug-fitted but just remember it should not be too tight either. Keep things a little loose but not baggy. It can also help you with moisture getting away from the body and keeping things warm. Polyester, fleece, wool and synthetic fabrics are the most popular but you can choose what you like. Sleeveless hoodies or sweats are also popular, they are good if you are looking for something like that. As full sleeves will only add more heat.
The purpose of this third layer is to keep everything out like cold, moisture, and wind and retain warmth, and save the sweat inside not to get cold. However, it should not be baggy or restricting, in both cases, it will ruin the workout performance especially if you are working with weights. I recommend going for a zippered jacket or hoodie, whichever you are going for, just choose sensibly because again zippered or least buttoned jacket is quick and easy to take off and put on. Most important thing is that it should be breathable because if not it will make the situation inside like a sauna bath.
A number of layers?
The number of layers is completely dependent on you! If after adding three layers you still feel cold then add more mid-layers or maybe just shift to warm layers before adding more layers! However, if it feels too warm with two layers remove the mid-layer. If you still feel warm, try wearing these in winter or just try a non-warm base layer! Don’t ever neglect the outermost layer, because of the obvious above-mentioned above. Try removing the outermost, then base layer when you are feeling so but don’t do it outdoors otherwise the cold will catch on! Tracksuits make a good outer layer.
Keep the body covered and warm
Keep your hands, feet, head, and ears covered. If not during the exercise then at least, while going out. Don’t go out until the sweat is not dry. During cold, the blood is focused on the center or core of the body because it is the goal to keep it warm. Thus hands, feet, head, and ears get cold quickly so you have to keep them warm so that you don’t get frostbite.
Feet are also to be covered, which most of us do but there is a mistake that we make. Wearing breathable and sweat-wicking socks will stop your shoes from transforming into a swimming pool and destroy the workout enthusiasm from the roots.
Controlling the temperature
Controlling the temperature is easier once you dress in layers because as you feel could add more layers if you feel warm remove layers. It is that simple, but we recommend not removing the outermost layers once you are outdoors and don’t remove base layers at any time. Except when you have to take a bath.
Here are a few tips that will keep you comfortable while you follow the above-mentioned instructions. Make a checklist type of thing and read it out loud as you see if you are wearing everything. Paste it on the fridge or above your car keys so that you don’t forget it. Don’t wear cotton during a workout whether it is winter or summer because cotton is not good at letting the sweat to evaporate. Head and ears are the most important to cover.
- Dress thinking as if it's warmer than it is if the workout is outdoors.
- Don’t remove the base layer when you are outdoors.
- Don’t remove the base layer while working out.
- Wear reflective jackets, boots and gloves or cap when working outdoors at night.
- Keep away from snow, ice, frost.
- Keep on the non-icy track.
- Don’t run on the roads, at least the ones that have heavy traffic.
- Wear sunblock and sunglasses because UV rays damage in winter too, even if there are clouds.
- UV rays can travel through clouds, the damage worsens with raise in altitude.