Don’t Hibernate… 3 Cold-Weather Tips So You Can Bundle Up And Go!

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Okay, there’s no denying it. It’s cold. And with another polar vortex expected to hit this week (really, weather? Really?!), going outside is starting to look less and less appealing. And while the weather experts are saying it won’t be as bad as last year, you know what they say: once frozen, twice shy.

But just because it’s cold, that doesn’t mean you have to give up on the outdoors. We’re Canadian; we’re made of stronger stuff than that. And just to make sure you’re ready, here are a few great tips to keep you warm as you run, bike, snowshoe or do anything else to keep fit outdoors.

Layer up with a sweat-wicking running top. Contoured to fit your body, keep it warm, and keep moisture away, these tops also have thumb loops to make layering easy and protect you from the elements. Add a pair of thermal running tights and you’ll be on Easy Street… well, at least Warm Street. These pants are designed to keep you warm without overheating, and are super breathable so your muscles can work their hardest even in the coldest weather.

Don’t let the heat escape from your head! Keep yourself warm with a special winter running cap. There are many designs on the market, but they’re all designed to keep your head warm and aerodynamic at the same time. Plus, this one comes with a built in ponytail hole so you don’t have to try to stuff it under a regular hat. Pretty smart, huh?

Keep any exposed skin covered with lotion or Chap-stick. Even if you’re warmed up from your workout, your face and lips are still open to the elements and these precautions can help protect against frostbite. And don’t forget your gloves. Mittens are warmer than gloves, but you could try this three-in-one solution that allows you to adapt the glove to your needs and the weather.

And don’t forget, we’re always here and we’re always warm. Womens Fitness Clubs of Canada are open as usual throughout the winter months, so join us for a class or to use the equipment. You might even find a new work out that you like better than road running! Perhaps a little hot yoga is just what the polar vortex calls for.

Whatever exercise you choose this winter, stay warm and have fun!