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With temperatures beginning to drop, choosing workout clothes can seem overwhelming. Depending upon the type of workout you enjoy, it can be a challenge to find workout gear that not only moves with you, but provides you with ample warmth, or layering options in case you work up too much of a sweat. Whether you’re enjoying a good run outdoors during winter months, or taking a brisk walk to the neighborhood gym, it’s important to keep the winter chill at bay before, during, and after a workout.

In the past, our experts at UPMC offered advice for keeping warm while exercising in the coldest days of winter. To help with the challenging cold weather, our experts at UPMC Sports Medicine compiled workout clothing tips for fall and winter.

3 Tips to Beat the Cold During Workouts

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Tip 1: Dress in layers

To stay at an ideal temperature, our experts recommend three basic layers of workout clothes made of moisture wicking materials:

  • Base layer
  • Mid layer
  • Shell


Tip 2: Don’t forget about your extremities

Adding pieces like hats, gloves, and scarves can offer additional warmth during your work out by targeting areas of the body often affected by temperature changes.

Keeping your feet warm and insulated can also give you an extra boost to stay dedicated to your outdoor workout. For sock and shoe suggestions, read this post and infographic about fit.

Tip 3: Be mindful of your clothing materials

Some common materials for fitness gear include:

  • Wool
  • Fleece
  • Down
  • Synthetics
  • Cotton

Wear reflective material late at night or near roads. Pay attention to your surroundings. With a little planning and solid judgment, cold temperatures don’t have to keep you working out indoors for the winter.

For more tips to stay warm, visit our experts online at UPMC Sports Medicine or call 1-855-93-SPORT(77678) for answers to your winter workout questions.

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