Cold winds and swirling snow shouldn’t stop you from staying fit. The weather may be less than inviting lately, but the key to a comfortable outdoor workout is having the right gear to keep warm and dry.
From headbands to jackets and everything in between, we’re sharing our picks for cold-weather workout must-haves.
Toasty tech pullover
Running in the cold doesn’t have to be a chore. Slip into this breathable fleece mid-layer before heading out the door to stay warm as you stride (lululemon.com, $128). The body-hugging pullover is not only soft and ultra comfortable (thanks to its stretch fabric) but designed with reflective detailing to ensure you stay visible in low light.
Unisex Powder Summit headring
Cold ears are one of the worst things about being outdoors in the winter, and if you’re running or biking, you’ll feel the effects of the cold that much more. Give that problem the boot by donning one of these sleek, water-repellent headbands for any outdoor workout (sportinglife.ca, $10). Wear it under your hat for even more warming power.
Nike thermal tech run gloves
Keep all your digits warm and toasty with a pair of thermal fleece gloves designed to make outdoor activity more comfortable (mec.ca, $26). Whether biking to work or getting in a frosty morning run, you won’t have to worry about numb fingers. We especially love that pads on the thumbs and forefingers allow for smartphone and touch screen use.
Patagonia women’s Speedwork tights
Trade your usual workout bottoms for some serious winter warmth with these stretchy, wind-resistant tights (patagonia.com, $99). The double-knit fabric blend features a breathable mesh panel behind each knee for added comfort and moisture-wicking. The handy internal key pocket makes stashing tissues, keys or lip balm a snap.
Pearl Izumi Elite thermal toe covers
Warm up your bike ride with a new way to keep toes toasty. Running shoes aren’t exactly known for their ability to keep feet warm, but you can add some insulation to your preferred footwear as you ride with these ingenious toe covers (mec.ca, $21). Simply slip them over your shoes whenever you feel a deeper chill coming on.
Women’s Response 3-Stripes windbreaker
Wind can be a challenge when it comes to winter fitness activities, but not if you’re wearing this Adidas wind-resistant jacket (adidas.ca, $70). The breathable, lightweight jacket minimizes chill on blustery days and makes a good top layer over a cozy thermal mid-layer. We’re partial to the bright pink, but you can also opt for black.