“Winter is coming!” quips the famous line from HBO’s Game of Thrones! And if you watched GOT (and who didn’t right?) you know that the phrase spoke of the impending doom of the Ice King and all of his ice zombies wreaking havoc.
While not as dire, the same can be said about working out in the winter cold, but forgetting to wear sports apparel designed to keep your muscles warm yet let your body cool.
Working out in colder weather requires the right kind of sportswear so that havoc is not wreaked on your muscles and body. Here are three tips for how to dress for winter exercising, and it involves the idea of layering.
The first Layer
The first layer is the most important. It should most always never be cotton, as cotton absorbs wetness, and it will pull heat from your body. The best first layering should be a material that wicks away moisture and allows your body to stay dry. The best materials would be Polypropylene, silk, polyester, Thermax, Thinsulate, and wool are all good choices.
You should also select a weight that is conducive to the temperature outside. There is lightweight, medium and heavy and the heaviest should be worn when the temperatures are below 32 degrees.
The Second Layer
The second layer provides insulation and should be somewhat loose, yet on top of the first layer. The material most used for the second layer is polyester, fleece or synthetic blends.
The second layer also has extra ventilation capabilities with armpit zips, long front zippers, and adjustable cuffs and collars. The second layers can help also carry moisture away from the first layer.
The third or Outer Layer
Your outer layer helps block wind and let moisture escape. Material most used for this is Gor-tex or similar materials. A lot of outer layer material also has built in arm zips, or pant zippers if you are wearing long pants.
Your outer layer should also be quite durable to prevent tears or rips in the material while out in the elements.
Once you have your core area covered, it is important to protect your extremities such as your head, hands and feet. Wearing socks and a hat with a moisture wicking and/or insulated material will make sure that your winter workouts keep you well protected and in tip-top shape.
Now get out there and slay some ice zombies!