Running in winter is a wonderful way to stay active and get fresh air and sunshine during cold months of the year. To make it into a comfortable and enjoyable time your winter running closet should include some of (if not all) these garments:

Winterized running shoesare a must. You can either buy a pair of specially designed winter shoes, with a studded rubber sole to provide traction, or invest in spikes that can be attached to your regular running shoes. If they are waterproof and insulated, even better. A reflective item. This can come already on your jacket design, or you can add reflective tape to your clothing. This will make it easier for drivers to see you in low light, cloudy or foggy conditions. A pair of gloves will ensure your hands don’t suffer from frostbite. Mittens are another great option. If you tend to have extremely cold hands, you can also layer your mittens on top of your gloves to keep them toasty. Socks will keep your feet dry and warm. Make sure they are made from materials that will keep your feet dry, like wool. A hat or beanie is a must have, since most of our body heat is lost through the head. It must cover your ears and be made with materials that allow perspiration. A scarf or neckwear is always a good idea to protect your face from the wind and cold. A long sleeve inner shirt.This will be your base layer and will help keep your body warm. Avoid materials that don’t favor perspiration or that can get damp quickly, like cotton. Merino wool or a technical fabric are always a great choice. A pullover, that will act as an intermediate layer if you need it. A running jacket. Your most external layer. Wind-proof and water resistant options are the best choice to have you covered if the weather gets rough. A pair of warm running tights. Having inner fleeced tights can make a huge difference in extreme temperatures.



Practicing cardio sports places different demands on the clothes, it must be easy to keep warm and at the same time easy to take off when moving and sweating. Even when it's cold outside, you sweat when you run, so it's important to have heat and moisture-transporting material such as merino wool closest to the body, possibly an intermediate layer and ultimately a shell garment to stop the wind, which is often the one that cools the most. It is good to protect the head and to have warm high socks and mittens.

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December 29, 2022 — Anna Wretling