Let’s be real, it’s hard to drag yourself out of bed when it’s pitch black outside and you can sense the coldness in the air. However, with the right equipment and mindset, you can still get the fitness you need and enjoy the sports you love the same way you would if it was summer. You just have to be prepared!
So let’s take a look at some of the best sports gear to keep you warm this winter season.
Compression Top & Bottoms
Compression layers revolutionized the sporting gear industry in the early 2000 and has been of strong presence ever since, and rightly so! There’s a reason why this base layer has been around for so long and has proved to be the pioneer in the industry for keeping fitness fanatics warm. Even on the bitterest of days, using a simple piece of compression clothing will keep you warm and it’s all thanks to the stretchy polyester-based material that traps the hot air in.
At first glance it might not seem like much, however, the technology behind compression gear is rather intricate and is specifically designed to not only keep hot air in, but also feeds away your sweat, allowing you to remain as comfortable as possible during your hard sporting sessions.
Compression layers come in all shapes, sizes and forms, whether it be through a short or long sleeve t-shirt, all the way to short and long leggings, the clothing is designed to keep every inch of your body protected and comforted. Not only that but if you like to dress to impress… even in sports, they come in a large variety of colours, patterns and designs to match whatever jersey or tracksuit you are rocking.
As opposed to standard woollen gloves, Wind stopper gloves provide a layer-based technology directly into your gloves which will keep your hands warm and comfortable. Additionally, they provide microscopic holes that seep out water vapour molecules, i.e. sweat, which helps avoid clammy and uncomfortable hands.
It’s important to always avoid cotton or knitted gloves as the material tends to absorb cold moisture and rain. You can double the effectiveness of wearing gloves at a session by trying to keep a clenched fist as much as possible, this keeps the warmth in your hands and reduces the amount of skin that is exposed to the cold air.
The appropriate designs of these gloves mean that you can take advantage of all the positive aspects these gloves offer, whilst still looking fashionable in your given sport.
Snoods can often be forgotten about when it comes to wrapping up for sport. However, they are one of the most lightweight and warmest pieces of clothing you can take advantage of.
Many snoods come in different designs and offer different functionality, however, the majority serve the same purpose of keeping your neck and head warm.
Snoods can be worn above the chin to directly keep your neck and face warm or below to give yourself more space to breathe, the diversity is great for training.
Taking part in a sporting club? Various online shops like ClubSnoods.com offer a high quality and stylish way to represent your club. They can be bought in bulk to suit the whole team.
Perhaps the most obvious of them all, a hat is always an important piece of clothing designed to keep you warm. Keeping your head warm can result in a boost in temperature across your whole body.
Similarly to compression layers, thermal caps make use of a polyester jersey material that is designed to keep you warm and flood out any moisture from the sweat build-up. This makes for a more comfortable wearing experience with no itchy heads. These hats are robust enough to block out any windchill but also not too warm that you would overheat.
Hopefully, as a result of this short listicle, you are able to drag yourself out of bed and go and do whatever sport it is that you love, wrap up (but not too much) and have fun!
Warming up before a session is vital as it gets the blood moving and flowing which allows for you to play at optimum performance and enjoy your desired exercise more. A commonly used piece of attire are training tracksuits.
Tracksuits are the most appropriate method of layering up whilst doing sports. They provide a light and streamline alternative to wearing the likes of a hoodie or joggers and can be used in practically every situation (except most competitive games) whether it be running around at training or sitting on the side-line.
For the majority of athletes, our hands are what tends to catch the cold quickest, therefore it’s important we look after them. An often overlooked method of keeping your hands warm is through hand warmers, clasp them in your hand before a session or slide them under your wind stopper gloves when you play.
They will provide you with warmth like no other so it’s best to stock up on these hidden gems before everyone snatches them!
Similarly to your head, if your feet are cold or wet (or both), it doesn’t matter how well you’ve wrapped the rest of your body, you will be cold and miserable. So it is vital that you keep your feet warm and toasty when you are doing sport. Luckily a lot of sports team’s socks come in a thick woollen material which can be good… until they get wet, so doubling up with some thermal or waterproof socks is a fantastic idea and will save you a lot of discomfort. This applies to standard socks too, it’s always better to double up your layers.
When it comes to sports socks for winter, it’s important to choose socks that provide warmth, insulation, and moisture-wicking properties. Opt for thicker sports socks for winter activities. They provide extra warmth and cushioning, which can be beneficial for cold weather and impact-intensive sports.
On top of this, it’s equally important to ensure your shoes or boots are both waterproof and slip-resistant, this way no moisture or rain will soak in through into your feet as well as avoiding any injuries from slipping on wet grass or ice.
As you can see, there are plenty of options when it comes to wrapping up for the winter sporting season, so take this advice how you will and remember to find a nice balance between warmth, and comfort.