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When dressing for outdoor activities this winter, think in layers
Dress in layers when running or jogging during the winter
Wearing several layers of loose-fitting clothing effectively keeps warm air trapped around the body. It also allows you to unzip or open one layer at a time as you begin to warm up.
Underclothing made from a synthetic fibre (like polypropylene or polyester) will prevent moisture build-up and keep sweat away from the skin. This allows the sweat to evaporate, keeping you drier. Avoid cotton clothing, as it tends to hold moisture against the skin.
One layer of your clothing should be wool, which retains heat even when wet. Clothes made from fleece or synthetic pile are also good options.
For the outer layer of clothing choose a waterproof and wind-resistant jacket and pants. Most runners prefer to wear only running tights or tights under shorts. In this case, tights should be made from synthetic fabrics as they wick water away from the skin to provide a thin layer of insulating air against the legs.
Pay special attention to areas of major heat loss: the head, hands and feet.
The head and neck can lose as much as 40% of your body heat. Wear a comfortable toque or hat. Mittens are a good choice for hands as they provide less surface area for heat to escape because the fingers are in contact with each other.
Orlon or acrylic socks are preferred over cotton because they keep sweat away from the skin; wool socks will do the same and retain the heat if your feet become damp. Finally, wear the right footwear for the weather conditions and your activity.
Whatever you’re doing, always try to stay dry, as dampness increases heat loss. Avoid cotton clothing, as it tends to hold moisture against the skin.
IMAGE: Flickr / Lululemon Athletica