Dressing for Cold-Weather Workouts

iStock-464942804.jpgWhile many people are working to get back into shape at the beginning of the year, it can be difficult to exercise outside with the weather being so cold. Whether you’re planning to jog, go skiing or simply go for a walk outdoors, it’s important to dress both warm and comfortable. If you are planning to exercise outdoors, following the tips below will help you get the most out of your workout.

Start At The Base

The base layer of clothing should be tight fitting and made of wicking material that will keep you both dry and warm. It’s important to avoid cotton as it traps moisture and stays wet. Good materials to look for include polypropylene, silk, polyester, Thermax, Thinsulate and wool.

Continue With The Mid Layer

This is the layer that provides the most insulation. Typically this layer is looser than the base, but should be tight enough to touch the bottom layer. Polyester, fleece, wool and newer synthetic/natural blends are all good options for the middle layer.

Finish With The Outer Layer

The outside layer is responsible for blocking wind and allowing moisture to escape. Usually this layer includes ventilation and consists of wind-resistant materials.

Cover Your Extremities

To properly dress for cold weather, it’s crucial that you cover your head, hands and feet. Wearing a hat, gloves, socks and shoes can help you stay warm during the winter months. Wind-blocking fabric is best for hats and gloves. Fleece is another warm option, although it does not provide protection from the wind.

When in doubt, remember that layering is crucial when outdoors in the wintertime. While it’s important to stay comfortable, it’s more important to stay warm and safe. If you’re looking for more helpful tips and up-to-date medical information, check in on the Denton Regional Urgent Care blog regularly this holiday season. 

Disclaimer: Patients’ health can vary. Always consult with a medical professional before taking medication, making health-related decisions or deciding if medical advice is right for you.

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