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Layers, Layers, Layers! Dressing for your Outdoor Workout!

Updated: Nov 18, 2020

This time of year is perfect for outdoor workouts! It is no longer unbearably hot outside and you can sustain your effort level without throwing in the towel. Plus, you can workout alongside the picturesque foliage of orange, red and yellow leaves, which is something to take advantage of!

While fall is a beautiful season, it can also be unpredictable. This can make dressing for your outdoor class quite a tricky task! No need to fret - we’ve got you covered! Follow our tips below to help you dress for your outdoor workout - no matter what the weather report says.

#1 - Layer Up!

Layers are key! Dressing in layers will allow you the freedom to take off clothing as you warm up and pile it back on if it’s a little on the chilly side.

Base Layer - For your base layer, think tighter or form fitting. This layer is to make you feel comfortable, its purpose is to keep the heat in and the sweat wicking.

Middle Layer(s) - Middle layers are for extra warmth. You can shed these layers as your workout progresses. We suggest that these layers can be a little looser, so you can have full range of motion.

Outer Layer(s) - This last layer is all about protection from the elements. Whether it be repelling rain and water, blocking the wind, or holding in heat!

Remember that your body will cool down just as quickly as it heats up! So, once you finish your workout, put those layers back on and keep that heat locked in. You may be warm straight after your workout, but you want to protect your muscles and your body. By adding back those layers, you will minimize your risk of injury!

#2 - Fabric Matters!

When dressing in layers, you might want to think about the fabrics you are wearing.

Moisture wicking technology is a great option for outdoor workouts. This will help keep moisture and sweat away from your skin while you sweat. This will keep you feeling comfortable and dry. We suggest staying away from pure cotton (especially for your base layer). Cotton fabrics absorb moisture and sweat and will ultimately make you colder throughout your workout and especially when your body cools down.

#3 - Head, Hands, Ears and Toes!

We know that our extremities can get cold as we exercise as blood flow stays concentrated in the core! So, if you are someone that gets cold easily, wear light gloves to help warm up those fingers - or throw on a pair of longer socks to cover those pesky ankles. Hats or fleece headbands are always a good idea as a lot of body heat can be lost through the head.

You're All Set!

Start up or maintain your outdoor workout routine with these helpful tips! We want you to stay warm, stay active, and stay safe all season long! And always remember - it is easier to be too hot and take layers off than wishing you throw another layer on!

This post was written by Bethany (@britinthesix). Follow her on Instagram for more great content, and check out our other blog posts for other helpful tips and tricks.

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