Dress for the weather
Jaromir Chalabala/Shutterstock Workout clothes are much more than just for aesthetics—they’re designed for the type of exercise you’re doing as well as the climate and weather that you’re training in. “The most important elements to take into consideration for outdoor workouts are wind chill and precipitation,” says Kaitlyn Noble, a personal trainer with Thumbtack. Layers will protect you on a cold, wind-free day, however, wind chills can easily penetrate thinner items of clothes, which is why wind-resistant materials are so crucial. “Keep in mind that it’s not recommended to exercise outdoors when wind chill goes below -20F.” And of course, if clothes are wet you’ll have no protection from the frigid temperature, so be sure to wear a water-resistant outer layer when it’s raining or snowing. Your workout wear should always be water wicking in the cold too, since sweat-soaked clothes can easily freeze. Need some winter workout motivation? These gym-bag accessories that will make you psyched to work out.
Maridav/Shutterstock “Imagine a rubber band… it’s flexible, bendy, and pulls right back to its shape. Now imagine that same rubber band, but frozen. If you try to pull too hard before it’s thawed out, it’ll snap,” explains Ashley Wilking, a trainer at Rumble Boxing. Your muscles are like rubber bands, you need to gradually warm them up to prevent injury. Noble suggests starting to heat up your larger muscles, like quads and hamstrings, with light stretching, jumping jacks, and lunges indoors before heading outside. If you’re commuting to a class or gym, consider speed walking to get your heart rate up. That’s just one of the great reasons to make a stroll part your daily routine.