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Keeping active outdoors throughout the year has its health perks, but getting outside for a workout often requires some extra preparation, and that's especially true during winter. In addition to hydrating and stretching before exercising, using the right gear is also important for your health. "The right exercise apparel and gear is critical when staying active outdoors during the winter months," Adam Del Rosso, the senior TV weather forecaster at AccuWeather, host of AccuWeatherPrime, and outdoor enthusiast, says. "You can risk catching a cold or getting blisters or a rash if you don't have the right clothing to keep you dry and warm."
One thing to keep in mind when dressing for cold-weather exercise is your climate, which is defined by five different types: polar, continental, temperate, tropical, and dry. In some conditions, staying dry is the priority; in others, you'll need to prioritize warmth. "If you live in a tropical climate, you are going to want lightweight, water-resistant workout clothes," he adds. "If you live in a polar climate, you are going to want heavy and water-resistant outfits." Those in dry locales don't have to worry about water-repellant pieces, but even arid places get cold—so don't forget to cozy up. And then, of course, conditions may vary, which is why it's best to have a few winter workout staples at the ready, no matter the weather. Ahead, shop our favorite accessories to have on hand as you exercise outdoors during the chilliest season.
REDCAMP Unisex Waterproof Rain Pants
Wick away rain, snow, and slush with a pair of waterproof bottoms. Try doubling up to maximize comfort: "For long-distance runs and hikes, consider wearing two layers so you can easily remove the outer layer if you get too warm," Del Rosso says.
Shop Now: REDCAMP Unisex Waterproof Rain Pants, $29.99, amazon.com.
Solarglide 4 Gore-Tex Shoes
Keeping your feet dry and toasty is essential come wintertime. "If the ground is wet from recent snow or rain, wearing water-resistant shoes is the best way to protect yourself," Del Rosso shares.
Shop Now: Solarglide 4 Gore-Tex Shoes, $160, adidas.com.
L.L. Bean Adults' Performance Beanie
Del Rosso explains that the head is one of the most important parts of the body to protect and keep warm. Reach for this performance beanie when the weather turns cool, which should do the job.
Shop Now: L.L. Bean Adults' Performance Beanie, from $24.99, llbean.com.
All in Motion Neck Gaiter
Keeping your neck away from the cold is just as important. This warm gaiter wicks away sweat and also has UPF 50+ protection.
Shop Now: All in Motion Neck Gaiter, $9.99, target.com.
Lululemon "Down for It All" Jacket
"It is important to have layers when exercising outdoors, since you are likely to get warm," Del Rosso says. A breathable jacket, like this one, can be worn over a long-sleeve thermal; it's easy to remove mid-run.
Shop Now: Lululemon "Down for It All" Jacket, $198, shop.lululemon.com.
Athleta "Triumph" Hoodie
Looking for something a little lighter? Try a hoodie, instead. Made from organic cotton, this iteration is best for those living in places with milder winters.
Shop Now: Athleta "Triumph" Hoodie, $108, athleta.gap.com.
L.L. Bean Women's Bean Bright Multisport Vest
"For some, winter months mean that the days become shorter as daylight fades earlier," the expert notes. "Remember to wear reflective gear, a headlamp, or lighter colored clothing to stay visible to oncoming traffic, cyclists, and even other pedestrians." This bright vest will keep you safe during sunset adventures.
Shop Now: L.L. Bean Women's Bean Bright Multisport Vest, $79, llbean.com.
Smartwool Merino Sport Fleece Training Gloves
Chilly winter conditions will cause your hands to become cold quickly. These training gloves are lightweight and will keep digits warm even during longer periods of exercise.
Shop Now: Smartwool Merino Sport Fleece Training Gloves, $45, amazon.com.
Athleta Seamless Tempo Headband
Ensure your ears are protected from chilly, gusty conditions (wind burn takes the fun out of outdoor exercise). This protective headband won't budge, even during the most intense workouts.
Shop Now: Athleta Seamless Tempo Headband, $24, athleta.gap.com.