I hate wearing hats. I don’t look cute in them and besides, they mess up my hair! But I do make an exception for winter workouts—and shoveling, which is basically a workout.
I like to run outside (except when it’s frigid) and my life changed when I discovered HeatTech long johns from Uniqlo. They’re super lightweight, soft, and cheap—just $14.90! I wear the tops too, but it’s easy to bundle up my top half with a turtleneck and sweatshirt. Before HeatTech, my legs froze! I love the stuff so much, I bought everybody in my family some for Christmas last year. I made two trips to the store in New York City’s Soho neighborhood to load up, but now you can order online.
According to findings from the American College of Sports Medicine, keeping up the outdoor exercise even when the temps drop is a smart thing to do because you can burn up to 40 percent more calories while exercising in the cold. Just be sure you’re bundled up right.
Follow these tips about what to wear from experts at the Society for Vascular Surgery, who know a thing or two about circulation
Base layer. Look for wicking material that pulls moisture away from the body like thermal underwear, polyblend thermal tops. Do not wear spandex as any part of your clothing.
Mid-layers that provide insulation such as a polyester sweater, polyester shirts and fleece-lined snow pants.
Outer layers that give you extra protection and insulation from the elements. If you’re skiing or snowboarding, you’ll want nylon pants with a cinch cord you can tie at your waist. Also invest in a good hooded jacket with a mid-layer fleece lining which can separate from the outer shell
Gloves with polyester liner.
Smart wool socks or poly liner socks; insulated winter boots or running/walking shoes with good traction.
A fleece or knitted hat. On really cold days you’ll want to add a neck/face warmer.
Apparently it’s true that you lose a bunch of your body heat through your scalp—as much as 40 percent. Think I’ll go shopping for a cute new winter hat! Besides Uniqlo, other great places to buy cold-weather workout gear include Athleta, LL Bean, Lands End, and REI.
What are your favorite bundle-up tips for staying warm while exercising in cold weather?