Do you find it harder to exercise outdoors in winter?

You’re not alone as I’m hearing it every day from women and I also feel it when the cold weather, dark mornings and nights draw in.

If this rings true for you, check out my tips for exercising outdoors in winter to help you keep joy and headspace in your cold weather workouts.

Layer for outdoor exercise

Whilst it’s tempting to grab your thickest clothes when exercising outdoors; it’s better to have thinner multiple layers. Think vest top, followed by an exercise top, followed by a hoodie/waterproof jacket. I’ve been known to wear a pair of 90 denier tights under my leggings to layer up there!


By doing this, air gets trapped between the layers and warms up to keep out the chill. You can also then take layers off as you get warmer during your session.

Protect your extremities

We’re talking about ears, fingers and toes as the furthest bits from our torso get cold the quickest!

Gloves are a given – please wear them! Heat packs in them too are useful; particularly if you suffer from Raynaud’s like I do.

Either a hat or thick headband is good. Some women find hats too hot, so a headband allows heat to escape whilst keeping your ears warm. Finally those pinkies can get cold so think layers again and double up on thinner socks rather than reaching for one thick pair.

The good news is that exercising is one of the best way to warm up when it’s colder, so you’ll be feeling toasty around ten minutes into your workout and laughing in the face of those winter chills!

Outdoor exercise buddies

If the thought of stepping out into the chill makes you want to dive to the sofa; then exercise buddies bring much joy and accountability!

Whether you’re part of a programme with a coach – I might just happen to know a good one – or meeting up with friends to do your own thing – you’re far more likely to get out and importantly, enjoy exercising when with others.

Here’s the top 3 things I love abut exercising with other women in winter:

  1. Staying accountable – you’re less likely to skip your run if your pal is waiting at the end of your street ready for you.
  2. Boost your wellbeing – not just from the exercise itself but who doesn’t feel better after a good catch up with a friend. Yes talking whilst exercising is something I actively encourage!
  3. Keep it simple – share the mental burden of organising your exercise by you and a friend deciding together what you’ll do, getting a date in the diary and then you’re sorted.

Have your own tips?

Is there anything else you’d recommend? What are your tips for staying warm and motivated to work out during the winter?

I’d love to hear about your winter exercising advice and recommendations – share your thoughts and inspiration with me by commenting below!

Enjoy those winter workouts!

Emma x

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