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5 Tips To Keep Your Winter Athleisure On Point

Winter Workouts In Comfort And Style

Let’s be honest, the majority of us don’t associate the winter with working out outside. The bed is more charming than usual and going outside to kick-ass and get all hot and sweaty just seems like an odd deed.


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But the fact is winter doesn’t pass in a few days and if you skip, you’ve got at least a month of a sedentary lifestyle. This won’t bode well for your fitness journey and it would be even harder to get back on schedule. We want you to stay on track as much as you can and be just as comfortable exercising outside. When it’s not in the temperature to freeze all beings, winter is actually great for workouts! Our wellness retreats at Whistler Fitness Vacations are often the most popular during the cooler temperatures of Spring and Fall 🙂

And to be dressed for the occasion, let’s take a few tips from athleisure that is currently a huge trend in the fashion scene. According to trusty Google here, athleisure simply refers to casual everyday clothing you can also wear for exercise. You can leave it to this style to both look and feel good exercising outside.

Here are five things to consider to slay athleisure in sub-zero conditions!athleisure

1/Wear Performance-Based Fabrics

Following the trend and being out and about (where many people can see) means performance-based fabrics. It shouldn’t be water absorbent, or be see-through when you’re stretching your body. Choose clothes with water-repelling fabrics so that you can keep your clothes dry. As they wick moisture away from your body, these will also give your skin enough space to breathe.

2/Avoid Overdressing

Don the right amount of clothing where you’re comfortable and be able to move your arms and legs freely. To decide this tricky amount, check how your clothes feel and move about outside your house before leaving.athleisure

3/Keep Your Hands And Feet Cozy

Body heat is most likely to be lost from the hands and feet so wearing gloves and thick socks is a must. If you can splurge, invest in gloves or mittens that still allow you to use your smartphone to keep that playlist bumping!

4/Don’t Forget To Cover Up Your Head

As much as 90% of heat can come from your head if the rest of your body is covered so be sure to wear a hat, beanie or balaclava. These items can be pulled down to protect your ears, forehead, neck and chin. There is nothing worse than windburn when you’re getting your groove on outside.athleisure

5/ Comfortable Athleisure Combinations

For anyone out in the cold, it is far better to wear layers of relatively light, loose clothing than one thick, heavy item. Because between each layer, there is a film of trapped air that acts as an excellent insulator when heated by your body.

Always remember being both comfortable and safe is a must so test out what combination of clothes and workouts works best for you! And remember wool, silk and down make great insulators but synthetics can work just as well. Check out our gear guide to see clothing choices we recommend.


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Cat Smiley

Cat Smiley

Fitness Director at Whistler Fitness Vacations
Cat Smiley is a certified Life Coach, Master Trainer, Wilderness Guide and Sports Nutritionist (author of The Planet Friendly Diet). She has been named 3-time Canadian Trainer of the Year by the International Sports Science Association and is a former professional athlete. Follow her on Linkedin or Facebook - and of course, sign up for a fitness program with us to work with her in Whistler!
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