Whether it's the influence of all the stylish looks we've seen at the Sundance Film Festival or the daily chill that has us craving a mountain escape (complete with a cup of hot cocoa), we're all about après-ski style right now. Après-ski is that time where you relax and enjoy some appetizers and drinks after you've been on the slopes all day — you want to look pulled together, without trying too hard, which is why we headed over to Beckley to style up a few enviable looks just begging to be taken to the ski lodge.
Winter is on the horizon, but no need to hibernate. Exercising outdoors can be done safely if you take a few precautions, and studies have shown that our bodies don't perform as badly in the crisp Winter air as we may think. But even if the thought of even attempting to go outside has you running for your Pilates DVD, here are some ways to make your Winter exercising as safe as possible.
- Warming up is important, especially if you're going to exercise in the elements, and even if you just have to brave them to get to yoga class. Make sure you combat cold muscles with a quick 5- or 10-minute warm-up to prevent injury and soreness.
- When exercising indoors, make sure you bring a thick sweatshirt and other protective clothing if you're going out afterward and not showering, especially if you've been sweating. After an especially sweaty yoga session, it's a good idea to bring a change of clothes for your commute back home after class.
- If you do shower at the gym, throw a travel hair dryer into your gym bag if your gym doesn't provide one.
- Stock up on protective gear if you bike or run outdoors. Keep your head warm with a hat and those extremities covered with gloves or booties to prevent frostbite, but don't overdress the rest of your body so much that you'll sweat too profusely.
Have any more cold weather tips?
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As the weather gets colder and the hours of daylight diminish, it's important to keep warm and visible while working out. This can also make layering tricky, which is why I love vests.
This Brooks Nightlife Vest ($80) provides core warmth and heightens visibility through its fabric color and reflective highlights. The polyester microfiber fabric is water resistant, wind resistant, and breathable. Plus unlike many Winter vests, this one is semifitted to decrease bulkiness, and enhance performance. Buy it here.
On my recent chilly jogs with my husband, I have been finding that my little ears ache due to the wind and cold.
One solution I am considering is these Lobz Audio Ear Warmers ($21.00) that allow you listen to tunes and protect your ears from wind and cold. How cool is that? No pun intended. The removable stretch fleece moisture management system provides wicking, which means your ears will stay dry. They'd also be great for anyone who likes to listen to music while doing snow sports too. Buy them here.
Fit's Tip: If you're exercising alone, be sure to keep the music at a low volume so you are able to still hear what is going on around you. My husband and I take turns at who gets to listen to music so at least one of us is not distracted with the music.