Believe it or not, it’s actually possible to enjoy exercising outside all year round. Yes, even in the cold winter months! However, when it’s chilly outside, it’s important to make sure that you wear plenty of thin layers, rather than a few thick ones. This way, when you warm up as you exercise, you can slowly take off layers. This will prevent you from being too exposed to the cold and will allow you to warm up slowly.
Warming up and cooling down too quickly may increase your chances of developing a cold, since your immune system is weakened when you experience extreme body temperature changes. In order to keep your immune system strong during your winter exercise sessions, try to wear the following layers:
1. The base layer
This includes undergarments and the first layer of clothing. Ideally, these will be made of material that breaths. To prevent your skin from having direct contact with the cold air, they should also sit as close to your skin as possible.
2. The insulating layer
You should always try to wear clothing that has insulating qualities in winter. These help to trap warm air close to your skin, to keep you from getting too cold. Common insulation materials include wool and fleece, which also naturally keep water away from your skin.
3. The protective layer
This outer layer is most important during the beginning and ends of your sessions. It acts like a shell around your body to keep out wind and rain. Often in winter, it is not the outside temperature, but the icy wind that will really cool you down.
Additionally, it is a good idea to wear some warm gloves and a hat, to stop your body heat from escaping via your extremities.