With the weather turning cold for most of us and winter right around the corner, it is time to change what you wear when you work out. What you wore in the warmer months is not going to work for the colder months. You need to be sure that your muscles are properly warmed to reduce the chance of damage, as well keep yourself comfortable. Accessories play an important part as well, whether you are taking a run or leaving the gym after a strenuous workout.
Most likely, if you are doing it right, you are going to sweat. Wearing cotton, although it is comfortable at first, is not a good choice in the cold months. It holds the sweat against your skin instead of pulling it away. Not only will this make your muscles cold, perhaps leading to strain or other injuries, it is just downright uncomfortable. Synthetic materials like Lycra or polyester blends dry quickly and keep your muscles, along with the rest of your body, warm. If you opt for a natural fabric, try workout wear made of bamboo.
Layering is a great way to be prepared when you are working out in the winter. Start with apparel made from the above mentioned fabrics to keep sweat from your body, then top with a warmer layer, such as fleece. Top this is off with a protective layer like nylon. When you layer, you also have the luxury of using many of these clothes all season long as separates.
Accessories are also important. You need to keep your extremities protected. When it comes to your feet, wear socks made of a wick-type material instead of cotton. Cotton socks will hold sweat against your feet which can cause blisters, not to mention make your feet cold. Cover your head with a headband or hat. Remember that nearly 60 percent of your body heat is lost from your head if it is not protected. Sunglasses are still important in winter if you are going to be outdoors to protect from UV rays. Just be sure they are a good fit so they aren’t a nuisance. To protect your hands, be sure that you have waterproof gloves or mittens that are made of a breathable fabric.