Don’t let the cold, rainy weather keep you from hitting your fitness goals. We’ve rounded up the best running kit to keep you warm and dry during the winter months.
I think it’s safe to say that most of us have put off going for a run due to the cold, wet weather at one time or another. But the wintry conditions and darker days need not hold us back from making progress.
Especially considering the fact that running is one of the few forms of exercise accessible to just about everyone now that tier four restrictions have been extended, it’s more important than ever to ensure you keep at your weekly runs. However, it may not be all that tempting to carry on if all you have in your arsenal are tank tops and gym shorts.
Thankfully, all you need to do is diversify your kit, and there’s new technology that can help with that. For example, you can find adaptable materials that keep you warm now and cool come summer 2021 and trainers with expert non-slip soles that make road running safe in the rain.
Here are some activewear heroes that will see you through the colder season.
Athleta Running Free Jacket
Chuck this on for a short run in wet weather or roll it up and carry it in the accompanying zip pocket to take it with you during longer runs in unpredictable British weather. You can adjust the waist to limit swishing during runs and the reflective light makes it a smart choice for low light.
The North Face Winter Warm Leggings
Not only are these leggings made from recycled material that keeps you warm, they also come with FlashDry technology that wicks sweat away quickly. Plus, reflective details keep you visible if you’re out running on dark mornings or evenings.
Sweaty Betty Thermodynamic Running Top
This temperature regulating thermal fabric makes smart work of keeping you warm. Plus, the top features cosy thumbholes and a velvet trim for next level cosiness.
Gymshark Speed Sports Bra
Since lockdown began, we’ve all been calling for more affordable, stylish, high-performance running gear. Gymshark have listened. The launch of their Speed collection comes at the perfect time, as this bra comes with two supportive fastenings and is high-neck to keep us warm when running in colder months.
Lululemon Run For It All Earwarmer
There is nothing worse than a pressure headache from cold runs. You can avoid that by protecting your ears and forehead. This one from Lululemon has a hole to thread your pony tail through, as well as a reflective strip.
Adidas Own The Run Windbreaker
This water repellent jacket is what to throw on when the wind and rain hits. Reflective coating on all sides also helps you stand out in the gloomy weather.
Nike Pro Long Sleeve Mesh Top
There is nothing more you could want from this simply designed long top: all-over mesh for ventilation, a slim fit that lets you move freely and long-line coverage in the front and back. Ticks all round for this Nike number.
The inner support on our running shoes is crucial, but in the wet weather it’s just as important to think about the outside layer and opt for optimum grip. These Adidas trainers have a great sole for stable outdoor running.
Under Armour Heat Gear Leggings
Made from Under Armour’s original performance baselayer that stays tight to dry sweat quickly and keeps your temperature controlled. The four-way stretch means these leggings move with you for an invisible feel, but that pattern is sure to get you noticed.
Sweaty Betty Running Gloves
For the depths of winter, or simply if your circulation is bad, gloves are a game changer. These are sweat-wicking so you don’t get sticky and feature tech pads so you can skip songs on your running playlist without the hassle of taking them off.
Bookman Wearable Running Light
This super practical wearable running light that can be clipped onto clothing. The rechargeable light flashes both white and red for front and back wear so you can stay visible too.
Gibson Girl Warrior Zip Through
This extra stretchy jacket is perfect for layering over thin tops when running. Soft and breathable fabric keeps cool air flowing as you get sweaty, and the reflective logo is a great addition for low light exercise.
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Chloe Gray is the senior writer for stylist.co.uk's fitness brand Strong Women. When she's not writing or lifting weights, she's most likely found practicing handstands, sipping a gin and tonic or eating peanut butter straight out of the jar (not all at the same time).