Does your condition tend to fade with summer? You are not alone. The number of Americans who say they exercise regularly drops by more than 10% during the cold months, with people reporting feeling less motivated and put off by frigid temperatures. It’s tempting to join them, but doing so can have a major impact on your health.
On the other hand, it has been proven that winter training can be very beneficial. Of course it is always good to exercise, but in the cold it can be even better for endurance, because the body stays cooler and the heart has to work less hard.
So, how can you motivate yourself to actually get out the door? In our experience, having the right kit makes all the difference. Especially if it looks good and is warm. That is why we entered into a partnership with All to guide you through the best Nike kit for your winter workouts. Whether you’re running, lifting, or just rolling out the yoga mat, here are the garments that will help you do it in style, no matter how cold it gets.
hitting the streets
When it’s cold and dark, it can be difficult to get out of bed and go out for a run. That said, it’s a lot easier if you have the right tools at your disposal. It’s tough to find the balance – if you pack too much and you’ll overheat in no time, undergarments and the frigid temperatures will hamper your performance.
To make it happen, there are three key pieces you’ll need: a long-sleeved running shirt, a pair of running tights/trousers, and a good pair of running shoes with a grippy sole for traction. Luckily, Nike leads the way when it comes to all things running, so there’s no need to shop around.
A good running top for winter has long sleeves and a high neck with a three-quarter zip. This allows you to zip it up to brave the cold, or leave it open for ventilation. Nike’s running tops are made from the brand’s industry-leading Dri-Fit fabric, which is designed to wick moisture away from the skin to keep you comfortable and cool.
Matching legwear keeps those all-important leg muscles nice and warm, and a compression fit ensures they perform as efficiently as possible. Watch out for garments with reflective details, which make you more visible when running in dark, damp winter conditions.
Go to the gym
It might be indoors, but that doesn’t always mean the gym is hot. On the contrary. Early morning sessions in the middle of winter are always an icy affair… and don’t get us started on the frigid walk to get there.
Shorts and a t-shirt will suffice for most of your year-round gym sessions, but when the weather turns bitter, you’d better have appropriate gear on hand. We’re talking sweatpants, a long-sleeved training top and a nice thick jacket to keep you warm on the commute.
Yes that’s right. A large jacket isn’t usually at the top of the sportswear shopping list, but it’s an essential piece in cold weather. An insulated jacket will keep out the cold and keep your muscles warm, so you’ll be ready to go by the time you step on the couch.
If you’re concerned about overheating in sweatpants once your workout has started, why not get some shorts too? This is where a good gym bag comes in handy so you can add and remove layers as and when you need to and keep them stowed.
Last but not least, quality sneakers are essential. Don’t go for an all-out running shoe, but opt for something versatile: a good all-rounder. This way you can easily jump from treadmill to squat rack.
Hit the Mat
Muscles can get stuck in the cold. It can make you feel stiff and sluggish. This is why yoga is such a great activity to get involved in during the winter months. It keeps you limber, energized and can even boost your immune system.
T-shirts and shorts are fine for hot weather yoga, but the cold weather requires a different type of gear. Think hoodies, sweatshirts and nice stretchy pants. Nike’s Yoga Range offers all of the above.
All of Nike’s yoga kits are remade with the brand’s Dri-Fit fabric. It’s comfortable and stretchy for fluid movement, but it’s also designed to wick moisture away from the skin. So not only does it keep you warm when it’s cold outside, it also keeps you cool when the session heats up. In addition, it also looks great.
A paid partnership with very.co.uk – words and opinion Ape’s own