This time of year, when so many of us are hitting the reset button on our exercise regimens and making health and wellness goals, I thought I’d round up my favorite winter workout gear. I think it goes without saying, but it’s always more fun to work out when you have cute new clothes to wear… am I right?
I do strength training twice a week at the gym, and I run or walk a few miles outside several days a week. I also have a treadmill in the basement for the days that are too cold or rainy to go outside, so I need quite a variety of workout gear in the wintertime.
My Favorite Activewear for Winter Gym Workouts
I have two pairs of the Vuori Clean Elevation Leggings (Black Camo and Brick Heather), and I usually reach for whichever pair is clean when I set out to go to the gym. We lift heavy and rest in between sets, so I don’t get so warm that I need shorts.
These are the perfect lightweight, soft and stretchy leggings that don’t slide down or bag out with wear. I also love the super high smooth, soft waistband that doesn’t bind or illuminate unwanted lumps and bumps.
My other favorites are the Sweaty Betty Power Pocket Workout Leggings. These are so flattering, and they’re also stretchy and soft, with a little more compression than the Vuori pair.
Occasionally I wear the Vuori joggers to the gym, but I usually opt for leggings. They just seem more comfortable when I’m doing a lot of bending and stretching because they stay in place better than joggers.
I also like the Sweaty Betty running tank (pictured with the Sweaty Betty Power Pocket Workout Leggings above) but they discontinued it. I just ordered the Breathe Easy Running Tank in the Amaranth Pink to try, since it’s on sale.
If it’s not terribly cold outside, I’ll throw on one of my running jackets and head to the gym, but more often than not, I wear a thinner hoodie like the Vuori Halo Essential Hoodie and then put my big The North Face Metropolis Parka over top.
When I head downstairs to run on the treadmill, I usually dress as light as possible. For that reason, I keep some of my summer running gear in my closet all year ’round.
My favorite running shorts are the Brooks Chaser, and I love the Vuori Energy Top for running because it’s so lightweight and breathable. Plus, in the summertime, it provides sun protection for my chest, which tends to burn easily.
My other favorite shorts for treadmill running, and gym workouts on milder days, is the Vuori Clean Elevation Shorty. They have the same soft, high waist as the Clean Elevation Legging, just a shorts version.
I’m also a big fan of the Zella Ava T-Shirt for treadmill runs and gym workouts; I have it in several colors.
My Favorite Winter Running Gear
When it comes to outdoor running and walking, I need a lot more gear because it gets COLD here in Pennsylvania in the wintertime.
The picture below was taken on a mild fall day, and sometimes an outfit like this will suffice in the winter, but usually I need a lot more coverage.
When it’s seriously cold outside, I wear fleece lined leggings or pants with a long sleeve base layer (usually a turtleneck) and a fitted jacket designed to block the wind and cold.
My current favorite jacket is the Athleta Inlet Jacket. I picked mine up when it was on sale last winter, and it’s the one I reach for on the coldest days.
The Athleta Flurry Force Insulated Primaloft Jacket is a good one too, but not quite as warm.
The Athleta Altitude Pant is great for power walking, but I typically prefer a legging when I’m running so I don’t catch my sneaker on the opposite pant leg and risk a fall. For that, I like the Athleta Altitude Tight in Polartec Power Stretch.
For a more affordable option, I also like the 90 Degree by Reflex Soft Tech Fleece Lined High Rise Leggings. You can find them at Nordstrom Rack for under $25. They’re a little shinier, but just as comfortable and just as warm as the Athleta version.
Refresh Your Winter Workout Wardrobe
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