How to Select Winter Workout Clothes

To achieve the most optimal workout during the winter, you must select clothing that insulates and protects your body from the cold weather elements. Wearing the wrong type of athletic clothing can result in hypothermia or frostbite on certain parts of your body. When selecting clothing for your winter workouts, there are types of clothing you can choose that will not only provide comfort when you exercise in cold weather, but will also protect your body.


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    Select workout clothing made from polypropylene. This synthetic fabric will keep your body insulated and wick away moisture and sweat from your body; all while allowing your skin to breathe properly.
    • Choose polypropylene clothing for the layers closest to your skin; such as socks, underwear, undershirts, and leggings or pants.
    • Polypropylene workout clothing is usually sold by major athletic manufacturers and can be found in retail stores that specialize in athletic clothing or online at each company's website.
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    Select an insulating, middle clothing layer for your torso and upper body. A middle layer will provide your body with extra warmth during cold weather.
    • Choose the material for your middle layer based on how your body handles cold temperatures. A cotton t-shirt or sweatshirt may be sufficient; however, if your body is prone to being colder during your winter workouts, you may want to select a heavier material, such as wool or fleece.
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    Select an outside layer that protects you from wind and water. Windproof and waterproof jackets and pants will protect you from rain, snow, and low windchill temperatures.
    • Look for synthetic, man-made jackets, sweatshirts, or pants with tags or labels that indicate the fabric contains technology that repels water and wind. If you are unsure about the capabilities of a specific fabric, consult with the company's website or with an associate at a store that specializes in athletic clothing.
    • Choosing a waterproof outer layer is highly recommended if your middle layer is made from cotton or a similar fabric that can absorb water.
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    Select a fitted hat to keep your head and ears warm. This will help protect your ears from frostbite and retain more of your body heat; especially since up to 50 percent of your body heat can escape through your head during workouts.
    • Wear a skull-cap made from heavy wool in dry, cold temperatures or a synthetic material that repels water in rain or snow.
    • If you wear a helmet or headphones during your workout, select a hat that allows room for these items to fit.
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    Choose gloves or mittens lined with fleece or wool. These fabrics will keep your hands and fingers warm during your workout.
    • If your workout requires you to handle items, such as a basketball or free weights, choose gloves or mittens with leather or rubber strips on the palms or finger pads to help maintain your grip.
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    Choose an athletic shoe that supports your winter workout activity.
    • If your workout consists of running or other activity in which you may come into contact with ice, select an athletic shoe with a thick tread on the bottom or choose rugged footwear designed specifically for icy conditions.
    • If you decide to wear multiple layers of socks or socks made from thick material, such as wool, you may need to choose athletic shoes in a larger size.
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    Treat your athletic shoes with a waterproofing agent. This will help keep your feet dry during your workout and protect you from frostbite.
    • Consult with your shoe's manufacturer or with an associate at an athletic shoe store to determine recommended products for waterproofing your athletic shoes.


  • If you suffer from asthma or another type of respiratory problem, you may want to choose a scarf or mask in a breathable fabric to wear on your face during your workouts. This will make it easier for you to breathe since the scarf or mask will warm the cold air before you breathe it in.

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