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Layering for Outdoor Workouts

By Donna Stark

Still not heading back to the gym yet? No worries! Just keep on keeping on with those outdoor workouts you have been sticking to the last couple of months. But while you are doing so, make sure you are dressing appropriately! As the temperatures start to drop and the elements kick in, those shorts and tank tops aren't going to be much help, are they? It's time to start dressing in layers and if you haven't already heard, there is definitely a correct way to do so.

Adding Those Layers

There's a reason why your mother always told you to dress in layers when it started to get cold outside. Layers can save you from a lot of discomfort, especially when you are working out. You see, exercising can make it feel much warmer than what the weather app says, and if you overdressed and left yourself no other option, you may experience some extremely uncomfortable moments and you won't get the results from your workout that you desired. Dressing in layers can help you avoid that, but you have to do it right. Here are the three main layers to focus on.

  • Base - The job of your base layer is to pull moisture away from the body. Therefore, your best bet would be to avoid choosing anything made from cotton and to look for articles of clothing made from moisture-wicking material. This is a type of material that pulls sweat away from your body so that it can evaporate quickly.
  • Insulating - The insulating layer is important because it helps to keep you warm in the colder temperatures. The key feature of this layer is that it will trap the heat your body generates while still allowing your sweat to evaporate. Pullovers and vests are great examples of what you should look for when choosing for this layer.
  • Outer - Now that you have removed your sweat and retained your heat effectively, it's time to think about how you are going to protect yourself from the elements. Rain, snow, and wind can make a workout difficult if you don't have the correct attire so make sure all the items you choose are wind-resistant and water-repellent. 

Successful Outdoor Workouts

Whether you are running, cross-training, or walking through your neighborhood, you can count on being able to maintain a comfortable body temperature by dressing in layers. So don't give up your healthy workouts simply because the temperatures are starting to cool down. Just select an appropriate attire that will help keep your motivation strong!

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