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What the Health: Cold weather workout clothes

What to wear to exercise in winter
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REBECA MOYA/THE VARSITY
REBECA MOYA/THE VARSITY

As the temperatures begin to drop and gyms remain closed due to lockdown, the motivation to work out also crumbles. And, frankly, anything could convince you to postpone your workout. That’s why it’s important to find the perfect clothes to keep you warm as you brave the cold. 

Make sure to layer up, especially when doing cardio; it gives you some flexibility as you start to get warmer throughout the workout. Always make sure the layer closest to your body is a light moisture-wicking fabric like polyester or polypropylene. The rest of the layers can be made of anything that keeps you warm and is light and airy, allowing for maximum mobility and breathability as you get your sweat on.

If you don’t know where to look, check out Old Navy or Gap! They have all the classic activewear styles from leggings and puffer jackets to performance joggers. Even better, the online stores are almost always having price-reduction events, which makes them a student budget-friendly option!

If you’re looking for a more environmentally sustainable option with ethical production, and are willing to pay a little more, Outdoor Voices is a great brand that offers a wide range of activewear styles. The online store offers stylish, layerable pieces, all while enforcing fair wages, worker safety, and environmental sustainability. 

With proper care, one pair of leggings will last you a long time from any of these brands. With this knowledge, it’s time to go out there and get a workout in!

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