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Winter Exercise Gear For Every Outdoor Workout

Winter Exercise Clothes

The Huffington Post   First Posted: 01/18/2012 7:20 am Updated: 01/18/2012 9:21 am

You've worked hard to maintain an outdoor fitness routine -- maybe it's biking or trail running. But in winter months, it can be hard to dress appropriately for outdoor sport: it's cold when you start, but it can get a little toasty under all those layers. Here are some things to consider when looking for outdoor exercise gear, and some good options for winter workouts.

Moisture Management
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When you start to sweat, the clothing against your skin gets damp. And while your body heat will keep that water from evaporating, it won't keep it warm. That means you'll soon feel chilly wetness on your skin.

So choose a base layer made with wicking fabric that absorbs moisture, either synthetic or wool. Both of these materials work by using the tiny notches in the weave to capture moisture on the body, moving it to the surface of the fabric, where it more easily evaporates. Unfortunately, the weave also captures odor-causing bacteria. So many wicking shirts also add silver or coconut fibers to the cloth, both of which have antimicrobial properties that prevent odor.

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