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Dare to brave the cold? Bundle up right!
by Jessica |  Jan 24, 2013

Fearlessly facing the subzero temperatures? Whether you're running, biking, hiking or skiing while the mercury has dropped dreadfully low, what you wear is probably the most important consideration to make. Keep in mind, most experts advise against running when the temperature or wind chill are below zero, but if you're looking to enjoy some of the wonders of winter, it's critical you know how to bundle up.

Wearing every sweater you own (a la Joey Tribbiani on "Friends"... anyone?) isn't exactly the best way to go about it. The key is to balance the need for warmth with the inevitable sweating that will occur and still be able to move freely. 

Here are three things to keep in mind when bundling up for Mother Nature's most beastly temperatures. 

Cut out cotton
The touch and feel of cotton is great for sun dresses and sheets, but when it comes to workout gear, it's your worst enemy - especially if you're working out during the winter months. As soon as your sweat drenches a cotton shirt, it's going to stay wet for the rest of your outdoor adventure. In the winter, this means you also risk getting chilled to the bone if your sweat cools and freezes. Brr! Instead, opt for synthetic materials or wool blends, like the nylon/spandex blend in the style firm los angeles competitor shaping legging, which wicks away sweat. 

Warmth from head to toe
The two most important places to keep covered? Your head and your feet. Heat escapes from these places, and keeping them well-insulated has the opposite effect - warming your body from head to toe, literally. Look for socks that are made with a wool blend and reach up to your knees - this will keep your calves and toes toasty while still allowing you to move your feet freely. Top off your workout ensemble with a cozy hat or headband and gloves (the further away from your heart a body part is, the more likely it is to become uncomfortably cold because the blood takes longer to get there). 

Learn to like layers
Layering is also key. You could be freezing when you first start your trek, but soon become entirely overheated if you're just wearing a parka. Instead of one thick jacket, consider several thinner fleece jackets and then a windproof shell. That way, you have the option to adjust your temperature depending on how you feel once you're out. 

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