How to Dress for Winter 2017 Workouts – Layer It On!

two people running during cold weather

It’s a cold one this year.  That may have you thinking it’s best to stay inside where it’s warm, abandoning all hope of venturing outdoors to work out.  But nothing could be further from the truth.

Winter doesn’t have to keep you from doing your outdoor running, walking, cycling and other exhilarating cold weather activities.  The key to maintaining your exercise routine is dressing for it.  That means choosing clothes that will keep you warm, but aren’t constricting or too heavy.  It’s a balancing act, but millions of people manage to make it work. You can too.

In the spirit of promoting year-round health, we’re offering these tips about how to dress for winter 2017 workouts.  The key is layers.

Layer #1 – keeps you dry.

Modern fabric technology is the winter workout fan’s best friend.  “Wicking” fabric absorbs sweat, but unlike cotton, it pulls it away from your skin.  You’re out there in the cold moving around, so while you won’t believe it when you head out the door, soon you’ll be sweating.

When sweat isn’t “wicked” away from your body, you lose the heat provided by the other layers of clothing you’re wearing – defeated by layer one.  Wicking fabric keeps you dry and helps the other layers do their job.

Look for undergarments, leggings, t-shirts, gloves and socks which will keep moisture away from your skin.  These items form Layer #1, which is crucial to successful winter workouts.

Layer #2 – insulation.

The second layer is just as important as the first on our list of tips for how to dress for winter 2017 workouts.  This is your insulation.  Serving the same purpose as insulation in a house, layer #2 provides a barrier between the interior and the exterior layers.  It’s like a “buffer zone”.

Because of the buffering effect you want to achieve, this layer shouldn’t be snug fitting, allowing air circulation.  It should also be made of a lightweight, warm fabric, like fleece.  Wool is also a good choice, due to its natural wicking ability.

Layer #3 – protection.

One of the most important things you need to know about how to dress for winter 2017 workouts is that you need a hat.

Any kind of hat will do.  If you feel more comfortable with ear flaps – have at it!  But know this – most of your body heat escapes through the top of your head, so wearing a hat will enhance the work your other layers are doing.

Gloves, like your second layer of clothing, shouldn’t be snug-fitting, but leave a little room at the end of your fingers to enhance the insulating effect.  Gloves and mittens can be found in wicking fabrics, making them even more effective.

Just add a breathable outer shell, like a windbreaker and you’re off.

These are 43rd Street Medical’s top tips on how to dress for winter 2017 workouts.  At 43rd Street, we’re dedicated to your wellbeing and quality of life.  Contact us to find out more and discover world class multi-disciplinarian care, close to home.