With New Year around the corner, the most common resoultion for people will be to get fitter. However, the chilly weather makes it tougher to step out of the house and get started with our workout. The risk of catching a cold and falling sick due to the winters further affects our mind. However, a perfect solution to overcome all these hindrances is proper clothing. It keeps you warm, dry and efficient all winter long and thus helps in achieving your fitness target. One thing to be careful of is that the layers of clothes should be able to block the wind but not be so much so as to leave you sweating. We have brought together a guide to help you dress right in winters. So, ward off the winter blues with the below-mentioned clothing tips.

 

  1. 1.       The base layer

The first layer of clothes is the closest to your skin. In the cold environment, it should be able to keep you warm. However, it should also be proficient enough in wicking away the moisture and sweat produced as a result of workout out, in order to keep you protected from losing your body heat. Look for under-clothes and tank tops that are lightweight, so that the layers of clothes won’t weight you down, as well as moisture wicking, breathable and warm. Also, the fabric should be skin-tight to be more effective. Opt for fabrics like silk, Polypropylene, polyester, Thermax, Thinsulate, and wool. Many people prefer cotton to be their base layer, which should be avoided. Cotton has the tendency to retain moisture and prolonged exposure to dampness can expose you to the risk of hypothermia in winters.

 

 

2.    The middle layer

The middle layer should be so that you are provided with proper insulation. An ideal layer is one which keeps the warm air trapped and aids in wicking away the moisture from the base layer to the outer layer. It should be tapered fit for an efficient workout but ought to be loose enough to entrap air between layers. Alongside, the clothing should be stretchable to provide you with the perfect range of motion and lightweight so that all these layers do not become a hindrance by leaving your body overburdened. Look for tees and tights manufactured from fleece, wool, newer synthetics, and polyester. Opt for t-shirts that have long sleeves. These prove beneficial when you overheat due to exercising and layers of clothing as you can remove the top layers and the full sleeve shirt will still be available to ward off the cold. Legwarmers are of great help during the winters. Simply sport them and your legs are ready for a long run or workout with the warmth provided by them.

 

 

3.    The outer layer

Add a protective layer atop. A perfect outer layer will be able to ward off snow, rain, wind and will help in escaping the moisture. One should look for fabrics that are tough to withstand abrasions as well as are lightweight, waterproof, breathable and moisture wicking.  Opt for jackets and pullovers manufactured from Gore-Tex as it has all the qualities. Wear training socks that are specially designed to enhance your performance in winters. These adhere to your skin and are breathable, lightweight and durable. Also, make it a point that the outer layer should be reflective. The low-light conditions due to fog and elongated dark hours in the winters expose the ones who perform workouts in open to the risk of injury by vehicle strikes. Reflective clothing increases the chance of being seen from far.