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If you’ve been following along for a while, you may know that I like to fancy myself a runner. For a while, I was up to running 20-25 miles a week, and one of my proudest accomplishments is training for and finishing a half marathon in 2013.
While I’m not putting in that kind of mileage these days, I still do my best to get outside a few times a week for several miles. My husband prefers to be hiking or biking, but sometimes he’ll come along to keep me company.
This time of year when the weather turns cold, it’s easy to make excuses and start skipping my runs, but I never feel as good as I do when I’m staying active. I’ve learned that the best way to stay motivated to get out there is to make cold weather running as comfortable as possible. Whether your outdoor activity is running, biking, walking, or hiking, having the proper cold weather workout gear is essential if you’re going to keep going through the winter months.
Good cold weather gear can be a bit of an investment, so I often have a couple of pieces on my Christmas wish list. For example, this Nike Therma Sphere long sleeve running top is great for chilly days that aren’t below freezing just yet. It’s roomy enough to layer a tank or tee under it, and you can also put a vest or jacket over top if you need extra warmth.
Paul really likes this Nike Tech Fleece half-zip hoodie, but he may have to fight my son for it. (They wear the same size!) It’s nice and thick with zip details for custom ventilation. His Nike Tech fleece pants have a tapered fit for ease of movement and multiple pockets for stashing keys and I.D.
Good quality thermal pants are key for winter running, and I love these Nike Pro HyperWarm training tights. They have a nice high rise and don’t slide down as I run, which is hard to find sometimes. They’re so super soft and cozy inside too.
In fact, the entire Pro HyperWarm collection is amazing for those who enjoy winter outdoor activities. Everything is super lightweight but designed to keep you warm in the elements.
Of course, Nike’s iconic running shoes look as good as they feel. They’re pretty much the only shoes my 18-year-old son wears, and my 12-year-old daughter is becoming a fast convert as well. She already has her eyes on my Port Wine Nike Air Zoom Pegasus running shoes.
Staying active is really important to us as a family. Besides the obvious health benefits, we want to be able to keep up with our grandkids in a few years, plus it gives us an opportunity to spend quality time together.
If you’re an active family or you have people on your shopping list who like to stay active, Nike has a gift for that! I’ve rounded up a bunch of ideas for pretty much anyone on your list.
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