Brace for the storm: Workout gear for winter weather
By Brittany Anas
Does your gym routine and workout regimen tend to go into hibernation during the winter — with snowflakes scaring you away from your early-morning run or chilly temperatures keeping you under the covers instead of at that crack-of-dawn spin class?
Before winter sneaks up on us and chills our workout plans, make a commitment to being healthy. Getting a daily dose of exercise will boost your immune system and help reduce stress that inevitably comes with the craze of the holiday season.
Set yourself up for winter workout success and make sure you’ve got what you need to regulate your temperature. Here’s a few pieces to add to your workout wardrobe to keep you motivated come winter.
- Shop by temperature. Athleta knows about this winter workout quandary: It’s hot and you’re sweating in the gym, but Old Man Winter is causing your lungs to sting in the parking lot or on a trail run. The retailer has set up an “outfit your workout” section that allows you to shop by temperature — apparel for warm and indoor workouts, gear for cool workouts and a third section that has everything you need for those downright cold outdoor workouts. (Money-saving tip: When you buy through ShopAtHome.com, you’ll get 3 percent Cash Back at Athleta, plus find free shipping coupons).
- Invest in some cold-weather accessories. Whether you’re going for outdoor runs, ice skating or hiking in the cold, keep your ears toasty with a Merino wool headband that insulates heat near your head. (Headband is $22 and comes in four different patterns). To keep your hands warm, the Polartec Power Stretch Gloves from Athleta promise full thermal insulation for your coldest training days. The fabric lets you use iTouch technology through the gloves — so you can check your phone or hit shuffle on your iPod, without taking off your gloves. If it’s an especially frigid day, make sure that you’re covering up your mouth and nose so that the cold air doesn’t shock your respiratory system and. A scarf or face mask helps keep heat near your face.
- It’s hoodie weather. Be sure to bundle up when you’re traveling to and from the gym. For a plush cozy feel, check out the Shearling Home Team Hoodie ($118) that can double as a light jacket. Bonus: It’s got two front pockets with media ports, plus a zip arm pocket with a media port so you have a few different options to store your smartphone and workout music.
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