We aren’t ready to go back to the gym just yet..

outdoor workout

Gyms may be starting to re-open, but after a year of working out from home, suddenly that membership fee and crowded room doesn’t seem quite as appealing. If you want to make the most of the better weather and start working out outside, we’ve got you covered.

Some of us like to work out in the comfort of our own homes, but for others, a workout is an opportunity to get out of the house and take a break from the same four walls. If you want to start running or doing your HIIT classes in the park, here are some key essentials.

outfit ideas for working out outside

girl wearing green running outfit for working out outside

1. Wear a hat or cap

It might seem simple, but according to studies, 10% of your total heat is lost through your head, so wearing a hat is super important. If you feel like you are overheating, you can simply put it in your pocket or tuck it into your waistband. If the weather is warm, opt for a cap to keep the sun out of your eyes and if the chill starts to set in, opt for a beanie.

2. Layered tops

Focus on layering your tops, rather than wearing just a bralet or a thick long sleeve jacket. Start with a sports bra, add a thermal or moisture wicked long sleeve top. Moisture wicking will prevent sweat from giving you a chill. The British weather is unpredictable, so make sure you are prepared for a change in temps at the drop of a hat.

3. Leggings and bottoms

When going for a run in the cold, your legs produce a lot of heat, so you need less layers on your bottom half than your top. Opt for a pair of moisture wicked leggings in the cold and a pair of cycle shorts over the summer months.

4. Lip balm

Avoid cracking and wind chill by ensuring you have plenty of protection on your face. As well as moisturiser, lip balm can be a life saver.

If you don’t fancy heading out for exercise (we don’t blame you), take a look at our fave home workouts to do in lockdown.

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