The weather quickly changes from blazing hot, to refreshingly cool, finally to settle on “brrrr cold.” It can be incredibly tempting to take a seasonal break from outdoor workouts and blame the cold weather for an excuse. Fight the urge and embrace the variety of temperatures! There are many perks to working out in the cold such as not getting overheated as quickly, ability to run longer, and quick cooldowns in the refreshing chilly air. Adding winter weather athletic wear will make workouts protected from the elements, easily visible to drivers, and warm without having to wear bulky clothes.
Snow, sleet, and cold rain are not deal breakers when it comes to running and outdoor athletics. Instead, it is important to prepare and plan ahead by wearing appropriate clothing. Winter hats that both warm your head and stay in place are essential, cold ears are very distracting during a workout. Next, flexible lightweight gloves will keep your hands warm and mobile. Finally, a proper lightweight coat is needed. There are many options to suit different climates and styles, but they should all allow for easy movement, wick away water, and retain heat on the inside of the jacket without being cloyingly hot.
Daytime visibility during inclement weather conditions is often overlooked by athletes. Reflective gear has always been known as the solution to night time workouts to allow vehicles to see you and act accordingly, but it is also essential to consider wearing reflective clothing during the daytime if it is very cloudy, rainy, snowing, or foggy. Simply wearing these types of clothing is one of the best safety tools for keeping runners, cyclists, and athletes safe.
Quick-drying, lightweight, and ideal for flexible motion performance gear is a must-have for any workout. Long sleeve performance shirts are great to wear alone on warmer winter days or to layer for colder blustery days. Additionally, on days with precipitation performance gear doesn’t become saturated with water like standard cotton clothing. Performance gear also comes in a wide variety of high visibility colors, modern styles, and optional sewn-in reflectors.
Winter Running Shoes
Regular athletic shoes just do not cut it for outdoor use during the winter months. Water will seep-in soaking your socks and you might even slip and fall. That is why waterproof, non-slip shoes with built-in traction are a better option. They will help keep your feet warm, dry, and in control despite the variance on the surfaces below.
There is no reason to stop outdoor workouts during the winter. Treadmill and gym workouts are just not the same as the great outdoors combined with fresh, cool air. Planning ahead for workouts by wearing proper outerwear, reflective clothing, performance gear, and winter running shoes will keep you at the top of your game year-round. Don’t let cold temperatures and a bit of snow hold you back from what you love, embrace all the uniqueness of each season.