Cool temperatures are discouraging, but running outside actually gives you a better workout. It burns more calories per minute and due to changes in terrain and altitude, tones your muscles in a completely different way than inside at the gym.
OK, so you've decided to suck it up and get out there? You go girl! Grabbing the right winter workout gear will make your runs much more enjoyable, comfortable, and even (gasp!) something to look forward to.
Check out our top suggestions to add to your cool weather workout wardrobe:
This women's embossed TKA 100 Glacier 1/4 Zip (Northface, $55) is an essential pullover for winter running. The breathable fabric makes the fleece zip up very comfortable before and after you work up a sweat. Not to mention, the sweet embroidered design will make you the trendiest person on the trails.
Once you get to running and your body adjusts to the cool temps, it's common to want to ditch the gloves for a more comfortable run. Well, these Nike Dri-Fit lightweight gloves (Nike, $18) are thin enough to keep on long after your third mile, and smooth to the touch.
No matter how cold it is outside, there's no way to absolutely prevent sweating once you've settled into your stride. Under Armour's UA Evo Coldwear Tight (Under Armour, $49.99) will wick sweat away from the body and prevent any uncomfortable chafing.
There is nothing more important to consider when dressing for a winter run than covering your extremitites, especially your ears. Putting on a headband, like this Windstopper Ear Gear (North Face, $25), will not only protect your earlobes from chilly temps, but also cut down on wind noise when you're trying to jam out to your new favorite workout mix.
For the arm warmer newbie, you've seriously missing out. These wonders (Nike, $20) are perfect for race day. By keeping your muscles warm, you'll reduce cramping risks. Not to mention, they are the perfect (and easily removable) solution for the long sleeve stubborn.
Something is to be said about pockets, especially when you're on a run. With two outer pockets and an internal media pocket for your mp3 player, this ventilated PlayDry jacket (Reebok, $34.99 on sale) is a great item to add to your workout wardrobe.
What's in your winter workout wardrobe?
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