Outdoor workouts don’t need to end when winter arrives. Learning how to winter-proof your workouts can help you keep up with your training and enjoy the winter season as well. Having the right layers and the right gear can make a big difference when trying to maintain consistency on winter training.
Caloric expenditure activities such as running and cycling can still be enjoyed when the temperatures fall. Triathletes that follow a 20-week triathlon training plan must continue to train in the cold if their event is scheduled for the spring.
The fabrics of your clothing have a big impact on your level of comfort when training in the cold. Using merino wool fabrics as your base layer helps to regulate body temperature, even when the fabric gets wet from sweat. Merino wool has natural wicking abilities and repels odor naturally. Socks made from this material blend are a must for cold weather training. Ladies that use a sports bra made with merino wool can also help regulate core body temperatures easier. A mid-weight layer made of wicking and fast drying polyester can go on as a second layer. You will want something that can dry quickly and stay dry to prevent hypothermia. The next layer will be a personal preference based on temperature, weather, and duration of exercise. Some athletes will add a vest to keep the core warm and have full mobility of the arms. Others will want a coat on top to stay warm all over. And some will be okay with just a base and mid-weight layer.
Pants/tights should can also be winter-proofed. For colder runs, you can switch from your regular tights to a double lined or fleece lined tight to help keep the chill out. Some brands have added wind-proof panels to their tights giving you extra protection from the bitter wind. Some regions require double layers of bottoms to stay warm. If you plan to double up, merino wool blended base tights are ideal for staying dry and warm. A looser pant or tight can go over the merino wool layer.
Gloves can be layered too. Merino wool base layer gloves are perfect for doubling up on a cold day. Hats are a must too or at least a headband that covers the ears. Many fitness trainer classes will educate the newer trainers on outdoor fitness during the winter months. A personal trainer coach can help assist on what to wear for outdoor training sessions if you can’t find comfort outdoors during your workouts. Coaching certification gives the trainer a more premise glimpse of what your training looks like and how to train more efficiently. Winter workouts can be fun with the right combination of fabrics and layers.