Physical Health, Tips & Techniques, Wellness / Self-Care

How to dress for cold weather activities

Each one requires different layering.

words by: Natasha Marsh
Dec 14, 2021

Whether you’d like to admit it or not, winter and the holiday season is here. That’s right. It’s just about the time you hear all your favorite and hated Christmas songs in every grocery and clothing store you can imagine. It’s when you see menorahs at every synagogue or Christmas trees and wreaths on every corner. That’s right folks, the mulled wine and hot chocolate are a plenty and so are the cold weather activities. Ice skating anyone?


But just because temperatures are slowly dropping doesn’t mean you can’t have fun outdoors. Like all cold weather activities, you will just need to be prepared for the weather to enjoy yourself. Translation, make sure you have enough layers to take with you on all your outdoor adventures, chilly trails, or camp fire holidays.


Essentially, you want all the layers you could imagine. Below are a few ideas on how to dress for cold weather activities. Happy holidays everyone.


An early morning run

As a marathon runner, I am very well versed in how cold it can be in the morning. And although the body eventually warms as you progress in mileage, not having the proper running gear can lead to problems in the winter months.


I prefer to run in the morning because there are less distractions. Meaning, less opportunities for something to get in the way of my run. But with that comes the chilly morning temperatures.


The best advise I have is to layer up with a base bottoms made with merino wool to hold in your body heat. Depending on the temperature of course, you can wear just the base layer or double up with pants or shorts over them. Most cold weather running pants also assist with movement and help prevent potential chafing. A win-win in a runner’s world.


Overnight camping

Regardless if you are with your family or enjoying an extended date night with your significant other, bundling up will be second nature to camping underneath the stars. Most camp sites will reach temperatures way under 40 and to avoid frostbite, you’ll need the proper outerwear.


We recommend multiple pairs of warm, long socks, a hat, scarf, gloves, and a base layer. A mid-weight base layer is great for those cold nights and for hiking in the cold because you can always take it off if you get too warm.


Ice skating with your friends

Skating is one of my favorite past times in the winter months. And luckily, living in NYC we are never short of them. Opening up right before Thanksgiving to ring in the holiday spirit, the city is filled with them.


When you are skating on ice, you want to make sure you are warm but also ensure that your clothing will move with you. We recommend a good base layer under your coat that is breathable and has thermoregulation ventilation in case you start to sweat.


And in case you have chapped skin from all that winter exposure, here are 5 fixes.


Photo via Wollman Rink