The Art of Layering for Outdoor Workouts

With the icy weather we’ve been having, this morning felt like spring! For indecisive weather, the best approach to outdoor workout gear is layering. This way, you can peel off each layer as you warm up and replace them as you cool down and not keep yourself trapped inside just because of the weather. Basic layers consist of three parts:

Base layer. Fabric closest to your body (including underwear) needs to wick away sweat so it can evaporate and not leave you soggy. Avoid cotton because it soaks up perspiration but doesn’t allow it to evaporate. Try polypropylene or silk materials for colder weather and polyester microfiber for warmer days.

Insulating layer. On colder days, this layer provides warmth with the option to remove it when you get going. Wool, fleece, or pile are good choices. If it’s really cold, try down.

Outer layer. For wet or windy days, this layer needs to have the seemingly magical ability to breathe and allow moisture to evaporate from your skin, yet keep out the elements. This is not your average rain slicker. Look for a jacket made with a polyester blend or specially treated fabric, such as Gore-tex®, that will hold up to the weather.

**Don’t forget your hat, gloves, and face mask for really cold, blustery days. If you’re looking to run/walk in the snow, there are special shoes and/or spikes you can add to help prevent slippage. These layers also apply when sledding!

Stay warm out there, and remember… “There is no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing.” — Sir Rannulph Fiennes

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