Running Essentials: What to Wear for Workouts in Winter

The colder months are the hardest months of the year to stay motivated when it comes to working out. If you’re a gym junkie who lives for treadmills and weights machines then winter won’t bother your workout so much. But if you love to get revved up by hitting up walking trails and running tracks to get your blood pumping, then the winter months can be a little off putting. But we’ve got the guide to get you through!

It’s important to keep active in winter. Not only does it keep your fitness levels up in the cooler months, but getting outside for workouts is great for a healthy mind and extra energy boost.

We all know that the best way to encourage a good workout regime is by grabbing the right tools so we’ve got these tips for you on what you’ll need for your outdoor workouts in the winter months:

Layering is key

The stand out rule for keeping warm during workouts in winter is that layering is essential! When you begin your run you’ll start off extremely cold and will need a warm jumper or top layer to keep your body temperature up. A windbreaker is perfect as a top layer in the colder months. But as your workout progresses and your body temperature increases, you can slowly take off a few layers to feel more comfortable. Choose a vest as an extra layering option in winter to keep your core warm and your arms free.

New Balance Men's Momentum LS Tee - Cobalt Blue
New Balance Men’s Momentum LS Tee – Cobalt Blue
New Balance Men's Sequence Pant - Black
New Balance Men’s Sequence Pant – Black



Look for wind breaking and waterproof materials

Try to avoid wearing cotton clothing in winter as it tends to absorb moisture and isn’t great for providing insulation when the weather drops. Instead look for clothes with Gore-tex or Dry Fit fabric or other waterproof materials such as nylon or specific types of polyester to ensure you stay dry and warm during your workout.

Some New Balance items feature a LIGHTNING DRY® technology which uses special polyester yarns to wick away moisture which is great for workouts in winter.

Remember: It’s also important to protect your exposed skin by applying moisturizers and sunscreens to protect from the elements of wind and sun.

New Balance Women's Heathered Long Sleeve Top - Ruby
New Balance Women’s Heathered Long Sleeve Top – Ruby
New Balance Women's Sequence Pant - Black
New Balance Women’s Sequence Pant – Black


The right footwear

As the weather drops, wind, rain and ice can appear on the roads and tracks where you may be running so finding the right footwear for these conditions is essential. Look for shoes with lots of tread on the sole of the shoe as this will help to grip the road in wet conditions.

Winter workout temperature guide

The weather around Australia in winter varies from state to state from an average of 20°C up in Brisbane to an average of 10°C in Tasmania and can even drop to the negatives in Canberra and up in the mountains. Wherever your workout, our guide below is a great basis for how to layer up for a cold weather workout.

Running Essentials: What to Wear for Workouts in Winter
Running Essentials: What to Wear for Workouts in Winter


Looking to up your fitness levels? Read up on How to Pick A Fitness Tracker To Suit Your Workout Style for some advice on which tracking device will help you reach your workout goals.

Grab some essential running layers for your workout wardrobe, a new pair of workout shoes with good grip for wet conditions and you’ll have no more excuses!

Happy winter workout!


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