When choosing to dress for outdoor sports in winter, perhaps the most significant “fear” or risk will be facing the negative consequences of cold temperatures, of which hypothermia and freezing are the most serious, so that it is better to try to avoid them at all costs.
That is why we want to give you a series of tips that will help you dress for sports in winter, but based on mistakes you avoid at all costs.
Avoid Using Cotton
When doing sports outdoors, it is better to avoid the use of fabrics such as cotton, especially in contact with the skin, as it absorbs sweat and makes you feel moisture, a condition to avoid the negative consequences of cold.
Use The Layers Well
Winter sportswear includes several layers that we must use correctly: the interior must allow the skin to breathe with synthetic sports fabrics. Otherwise, you will sweat and remain wet; the middle one must keep warm, using fabrics such as fleece or wool; the outermost one protects from atmospheric agents, rain, wind. But also, the last layers must be breathable; that is, they do not retain and do not promote moisture and sweat.
Be Careful With Covering Yourself Too Much Or Too Little
When it comes to doing sports outdoors in winter, it is also essential to know how to modulate your clothes so that you will have to remove or add the layers mentioned above, depending on your characteristics, external conditions, type of sport, training, more or less intense.
Choose your clothes bearing in mind that the goal is to protect yourself from low temperatures and avoid sweating too much or staying with moisture on top: indicatively, you could reduce the protection of the outer layer when you make a more significant effort and, vice versa, cover yourself more when you slow down the pace, for example, warm-up and cool-down, but keep your balance and consider other factors.
Don’t Forget The Hands
Hands are very delicate and can suffer from the cold even if the body is hot, so use the right accessories (gloves) to protect them and keep them dry.
Don’t Forget Your Head
The face dissipates a lot of heat, so think about the head and ears with the right accessories. Especially when it is freezing, it will be essential to cover your mouth.
Please Wear Suitable Footwear
There are two schools of thought for winter socks: there are those that use the heaviest and those that use two. If your socks and shoes are too tight, you run the risk of slowing down circulation and thus promoting frostbite (the reasoning also applies to hands and head). Therefore, in addition to choosing good shoes, consider the socks you are going to wear to space.
Beware Of The Snow
In exercising on snowy or icy terrain, it will be good to place something under your feet for additional protection.