How To Keep Warm When Exercising In Winter

We’re experiencing one of the coldest winters in recent memory and although it’s tempting to sit wrapped up warmly by the fire, we need to exercise to keep our immunity up. And with most of the gyms and fitness centres being closed, owing to the second wave of COVID-19 that we’re facing, this means that we need to exercise outdoors.

Because we’re facing temperatures below zero, it means that you’ve got to choose the right workout gear for an outdoors exercise session. You’re going to need to choose the time you work out very carefully because if you, say, decide to go for a run before the sun comes up, it will be much colder than if you decide to work out at lunchtime.

With this in mind, we’ve decided to put together a number of tips for choosing the perfect gear for your next outdoor winter workout.

Layer, layer, layer!

We can emphasise this enough!

When you work out, you’re generating heat and perspiring. You don’t want this perspiration to sit on your skin as if it does, this – together with the cold air – will ensure that you catch a cold, or something more sinister.

Personal training experts recommend that when you train outside in winter conditions, you wear three layers:

  • Layer 1: This is closest to your skin and is made of synthetic fabric to assist with pulling sweat away from your skin.
  • Layer 2: This is the next layer up and should be something like a polar fleece for extra warmth.
  • Layer 3: This is the outer layer to protect you from the elements. It can be anything from a light windbreaker to a thick waterproof jacket.

Opt For Bright Colours

The winter light isn’t as bright as that in summer, so if you wear black workout gear, you’ll be much more difficult to spot for exercising outdoors in winter. So, to keep yourself safe and make sure that cars’ headlights pick you up straight away, look to oranges, greens and blues for your workout gear palette.

Make Sure That Your Workout Gear Is Comfy

To be able to exercise effectively, you need to have a free range of movement.

It makes sense. Think about it.

Take your favourite pair of skinny jeans – the ones that you battle to get over your foot, but when they’re on, they make your legs look so good.

Now, think of how easily you walk in them. Can you bend your knees properly if you sit on the floor while wearing them?

Now, think about when you run. You need to be able to bend and move your legs and knees freely – something which you won’t be able to do in super-tight pants like your skinny jeans.

So, when you choose workout gear, make sure that it’s comfortable and allows unrestricted movement, both when working out and relaxing and playing at

Who knows – you could even want to sleep in it to make it easier for you to get to that morning workout, so it’s got to be comfy!