Wet Weather Exercise Clothing

By on April 9, 2011

By Alice Burron –

During wet weather most people stay indoors and wait for the rain to pass. But, as adventurous people know, rainy days create opportunities for exhilarating, breathtaking and refreshing experiences that are nourishing to both the body and the soul.

However, this wonderful exercise experience can quickly turn into chill and frustration if you’re not prepared. Here are some tips to keep you warm, dry and comfortable, even in the coldest and wettest weather. (Hint: Layering is the secret to staying warm and dry!)

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Upper body base layer. Choose a base layer top that fits close to your skin. If it’s really cold, consider a mock or full turtle neck or hood. Avoid 100% cotton, and instead go with a synthetic or wool fabric.

Upper body outer layers. After your base layer on top, consider pulling on a fleece top (in colder temperatures) and then a breathable, waterproof/windproof jacket. This jacket can vary in thickness depending on the temperature and wind chill.

Sporting goods stores, along with bicycle and running stores, carry a variety of jackets with different weights, lengths and fabrics, and even optional hoods and pockets. Having a variety of different-weight jackets in your closet will encourage you to go out and enjoy the wet weather no matter what the temperature or wind chill, so consider your jacket purchase as an investment.

Legs. Tight running or cycling pants (usually made from polyester and spandex) with zippered ankles, work very well in chilly conditions. These pants can also come with a water and wind resistant front leg panel to keep you warm in rain and wind, which are quite a bit warmer than tights without the panel. Bicycle and running stores usually carry a variety of fabric weights to suit your particular climate. Although they are often expensive, these pants hold up well for years, and pack easily.

Hands. On wet, cold and windy days, wear light waterproof gloves. If these are hard to find, you can also wear thinner gloves, covered by a heavier fleece-type glove. Once you’re warmed up, you can stick them in your pocket.

Head. A waterproof cap can allow you to see where you’re going in heavy rain, but if you’re in conditions where there is only light moisture, you may want to consider a fleece headband that covers the ears or a full winter hat if it’s cold. Once you’re warmed up, you can put it in your pocket.

Feet. In colder wet weather you may want to consider a lighter boot option with a thicker and warmer sock, such as socks made from wool or wool combinations. In a warmer wet weather situation, you may opt to wear walking/running shoes with thinner socks that wick moisture next to your skin, covered by a thicker insulating outer sock. Sock preference is very personal, so experiment with different types and combinations to discover which you prefer and what works best for each of your circumstances.

Alice Burron earned a master’s in physical education with an emphasis in exercise physiology from the University of Wyoming. She is an affiliate spokesperson for the American Council on Exercise (ACE) and is an ACE certified personal trainer and certified Lifestyle and Weight Management Consultant. Her first book, Four Weeks to Fabulous, is aimed at helping the busy person lose weight using sound nutrition, weight control and exercise principles that are proven successful. Visit her on her website at www.2bfit.net.

About Alice Burron

Alice Burron, one of the co-authors of the “Stress As Trigger, Your Body As Target” book, is a life-long student of health and wellness. Her experience includes worksite wellness, wellness coaching, personal training, writing, speaking and community wellness initiatives. She can be contacted at [email protected] The book can be purchased at www.soapstonefitness.com.

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Wet Weather Exercise Clothing