My fashionistas, going for an outdoor run or brisk walk in your local park when it’s nearly 5 degrees outside might not seem like your idea of a quality time together with your partner or a friend on weekends. The treadmill offers warmth, but exercising outdoors breaks up the monotony of the gym, increases calorie burn, and can also help performance increase. For the same reason, last Saturday, my beautographer and I decided to skip the gym in the morning, instead we chose to brisk walk in the nearest park to spend a beautiful sunny Winter morning together. It is important that you are dressed-up right when working out outdoor during Winter season. This post featuring how I’ve dressed up for walking in the park on a cold yet sunny Winter morning and here I’m sharing few cold-weather tips for exercising outdoors, and you’ll find that Winter workouts aren’t as daunting as you think.
Top tip: Sport an athletic look by wearing your… curves, an oversized hoodie can still make you look cute and sexy.
In the Winter, it’s all about layers (like this V- neck long sleeved top). You also want to make sure that your bottom layer of clothing is moisture-wicking. To avoid overheating but still stay warm, dress like it’s 20 degrees warmer than the true temperature outside. So, I have layered the look with this green jacket and paired it with a pair of stretch pants that are lightweight and have excellent wind resistance, yet are comfortably breathable. While the material didn’t withstand a simulated deluge, it did well in water repellency- fine for a light rain or a short storm.
I wear black when I work out, it’s a funeral for my body fat. But that doesn’t mean I don’t have fun sometimes and when I do, I play with colors especially when it comes to tops or jerseys. Jacket in bright green, pants in black, long-sleeved top in black, mittens in rainbow colors, headband in multi-colors and trainers in neon coral have brought life to an otherwise grey and gloomy London Winter which surprisingly later turned out to be bright, sunny yet chilly.
This pair of neon coral Nike trainers is a proof that you can still go glam in sneakers. I also favour wearing a headband while working-out primarily because I have lots of baby hair on my forehead, this way my hair stays secured under the headband. It’s also important you find the one that actually stays on your head while running or doing your jumping jacks. I liked to color my work-out by wearing this colorful Peruvian woolen headband that is elasticated at the back. While the woolen material keeps my forehead and ear warm when working-out outdoor, the colors of the headband played match-oh-much with the jacket and trainers.
How to warm up: It’s important to warm up before any workout -outdoors or otherwise. It can be even harder to do in cold weather; muscles feel extra tight and the last thing you want to do is brave the elements. Get blood flowing and muscles loose by warming up indoors first(preferably). This is exactly why dressing up in layers while working out outdoors is important. As your body gets warmed-up, you can adjust layers (e.g. take off the jacket) accordingly.
So, no more excuses for avoiding your daily walk because of cold, drizzly weather. Just make sure you wear outfits claiming to be weather-resistant, looking at the fabrics for water resistance and repellency, wind resistance, sweat-wicking ability, and washability. For real-life practicality, wear comfortable-fit, judging warmth and style. These fared best.
Who says you can’t shed those extra pounds in style!
What was I wearing?
Zara V-neck Long-sleeved Top
Peruvian Handcrafted Woolen Headband
Peruvian Pure Baby Alpaca Woolen Mittens
Urban Outfitters Sunglasses