How to Dress for Your Next Chilly-Weather Workout
by Nicole Radziszewski
Are you wondering what to wear for an outdoor workout when it’s cold? Or if it’s better to over or underdress at the start? We’ve got some answers for your next outdoor run.
Since your body temperature rises during vigorous exercise, common advice dictates dressing as if it’s 20 degrees F warmer outside, says Anne Pezalla, an RRCA running coach in Oak Park, Ill.
Everyone is different, though, and “you sometimes have to learn from your mistakes to see what works for you,” she says.
For outdoor winter workouts, Pezalla says, it’s better to wear too much at first and be a little warm than to wear too little and be uncomfortably cold. She recommends dressing in layers that you can adjust as you start warming up, such as a jacket with removable sleeves, arm warmers that you can pull down, or a headband that can be folded to cover or uncover your ears.
It’s also important to choose fabrics that wick away moisture. In cold weather, this means wearing a base layer of wicking fabric that fits close to your skin. Socks made from natural fibers such as wool or mohair will not only keep your feet warm, but they’ll also keep them dry and prevent blisters. Avoid cotton, since it traps moisture when you sweat, causing your body to lose heat faster.
Nicole Radziszewski is a writer and personal trainer in River Forest, Ill. This article originally appeared in Experience Life, the no gimmicks no-hype health and fitness magazine. Learn more at ExperienceLife.com.