One of my favorite ways to get some exercise is to be outside. Walking, hiking, or just playing in general all great ways to burn some calories. Now that the weather is turning cold, we need to keep ourselves warm.
There are lots of ways to accomplish this. These are some of my favorites.
A great, warm hat.
It has been said that 80% of your body heat escapes through your head. Try keeping it in with a nice, warm hat. You don’t just have to wear a knit cap, though. You can wear a baseball cap, a nice, knitted hat, a toque, a fleece hat. Heck, there are even sweat wicking hats now.
A fleece jacket
Fleece jackets are warm and tend to be somewhat water resistant. While they’re not going to keep you dry in a rainstorm or playing in the snow, they do provide a great layer of warmth. I also find that they create a nice barrier on windy days and I don’t have the wind whipping through them and chilling me to the bone.
A Waterproof Jacket
This is essential if you’re going to be out where it might rain or snow. My first -ever heavy coat was not waterproof, as I didn’t know any better. Let me just say – it was miserable to wear in the snow. Learn from my experience and make sure your coat is waterproof.
If you’re going to be skiing, sledding, or playing in the snow a lot, waterproof pants make life so much better. These women ski pants are a prime example. Lets face it – no one like peeling off layers of wet jeans and thermal undies.
You can go with snow boots, insulated boots, hiking boots, or tennis shoes. Once again, you just want to make sure that they’re warm and waterproof.
Scarves and Mittens
Have you ever been out in the cold and the air hurts your nose, mouth and throat? Yeah, it’s not a good feeling. How about when your hands go numb or get the pins and needles feeling? Yep. We don’t want that either. The best solution is to have a warm scarf and nice, warm mittens or gloves.
What are your winter essentials for keeping warm?