Layers aren’t just important in British Bake off. When it comes to winter gym clothes, it’s time to layer up.
When the sun is shining and the birds are tweeting and you can throw on some trainers in a matter of minutes, it’s easy to be motivated to go for a nice run. When it’s blowing a gail, chucking it down with rain and all the birds have done the sensible thing and flown South for winter, it’s a lot harder to rustle up the motivation to get outside and pound the payments.
However, with the right gym clothes, your run doesn’t need to be half as painful as you're imagining.
Research has shown in just two weeks off training your running fitness can drop by up to 50%. So keep up your training to ensure you don’t halt your progress.
Layering up winter gym clothes is an essential way to keep your body temperature warm and comfortable.
A baselayer is great to help keep you keep warm and acts like an extra layer of skin, helping to keep you warm or cool when needed.
Heat is trapped between layers and so to add further warmth on cold runs and training sessions, add extra layers.
Base Layers are designed to fulfill four main functions:
- Wicking - Does the fabric wick away moisture and keep you dry? Being wet in the winter will keep you cold for longer.
- Fit - Does the fabric sit comfortably against your skin, without being too tight nor so loose that air can travel in?
- Odour - Does the fabric retain odour? No-one wants smelly gym clothes.
- Durability - How long does the fabric last when it is worn daily?
Thick Running Tights
Winter running requires insulation from the cold, however as your legs do the majority of the work when running, they tend to warm up quickly, meaning you're less likely to need so many layers. A good pair of thicker running tights such as Sundried Roteck Leggings will keep your legs warm whilst you are cold and then wick sweat to maintain your body temperature as you heat up. Often thermal running tights are paired with shorts for extra protection of sensitive areas and to help prevent wind chill.
Wearing Summer Gym Clothes During Winter
Just because winter has arrived, it doesn't mean you have to pack away all your summer training gear as a lot of the technical properties can cross over into your activewear for the winter season. For example, a technical tank works perfectly as a base layer for extra warmth, and your supportive sports bra is needed year round whether it’s worn as a stand alone garment in the heat, or under several layers during cold winter runs. The colder the weather, the more layers you will need, so it’s worth hanging on to all your summer kit for when you’ll need the extra layering.
When choosing clothing for a winter run, step outside, assess the temperature and layer up accordingly. Look for fabrics which insulate heat and protect you from the wind and remember it’s only cold at the very start of the run, you’ll soon warm up.