5 WAYS to stay warm while working out this fall

Brrrr! It’s starting to get chilly out there! Fall weather should not make you reconsider whether or not you want to keep running or skip a workout. While it’s definitely more than okay to give yourself a break from time to time, it’s best to stick to your routine during the coldest months so that you don’t fall out of your good habits. 

The best way to face it head-on is to choose comfortable athleisure that will keep you warm while you’re giving it your all. Before you go out, keep a few important things in mind. You don’t want to put a heavy-duty coat while you’re breaking a sweat (and you will sweat, even if you start out shivering!) as much as that might seem like the practical thing to do when it’s starting to get cold outside. Here are some suggestions to help you face those chillier fall workouts like a champ!

01. Dress in Layers

Dressing in layers is the key to staying warm while running in cold weather. Your body temperature will rise as you run, so you'll want to be able to remove a layer if you feel overheated. Layers can work better together to keep you warm than a single piece of warm clothing. Start with thermal underwear or a thin workout outfit. You can then layer your outfit with a sweatshirt if desired, as well as a jacket.

02. Make Sure the Inner Layers Wick Away Moisture

Wearing layers while running in cold weather is often not enough to keep you warm. The layers should be intended to keep your body heat and wick away moisture, because you'll be sweating as you run and you don't want the moisture to stick to your skin. Water trapped against your skin can make you both uncomfortable and colder. The improper clothing can cling onto moisture, which will freeze when wet, and you absolutely don't want that. That's why it is important that your inner layer and next layer of clothes are moisture-resistant.

03. Don't Wear Bulky Clothes

It can be tempting to to try to stay warm while running in cold weather by piling on bulky, large items of clothing. However, bulky items will work to your disadvantage. Bulky items are less likely to be moisture-resistant. They're also constrictive, which can make running more difficult or even dangerous, especially if you need good traction on potentially slippery surfaces. You'll keep warmer and retain your flexibility when dressed in layers.

04. Cover Your Extremities

Wearing gloves, warm socks and a hat or headband while running in cold weather is essential. Your extremities are the first parts of your body to lose circulation in cold temperatures, which can cause painful loss of sensation or even more dangerously, frostbite. 

05. Grab Your Most Cozy Leggings

A great pair of leggings is the key because it will keep you comfortable, wick moisture from your skin to promote dryness, and move with you thanks to its flexible fabric. All of these factors play significant roles in the success of your workout, so make it a priority to seek bottoms that really work in your favour from start to finish. When it’s extra cold outside, you can even wear your leggings beneath a pair of warmer pants, like joggers or sweats, for extra insulation.

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