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16 Winter Workout Clothes & Accessories You Need Right Now

By , SparkPeople Blogger
Updated by Melissa Rudy 11/29/16

The key to comfortable outdoor workouts during the winter months is layering. (Check out our handy layering chart to match the temperature with the appropriate clothing options.) We've done some post-holiday window shopping to discover great winter workout gear to keep you warm, whether you're headed out for a long hike, a run around the park or just want to stay toasty before and after yoga class.

Warm Shirts

The Nike Warm Dri-Fit Pullover (in sizes XS to XL) makes a great base layer for cold-weather workouts. Zip closed to keep your neck warm, then zip open when you start to heat up. Moisture-wicking fabric keeps sweat away from your skin, while thumbholes in the cuffs keep your wrists and hands warm.

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The Athleta Dot Mesh Chi Top (in sizes XS to XL) is great as a base layer for outdoor workouts or as a single layer for yoga or other indoor pursuits. Thumbholes in the cuffs keep sleeves in place and the fabric is designed to repel stinkiness.

The Old Navy Go-Dry Performance 1/4-Zip Pullover (in sizes XS to XXL) is great as a base layer if you get a smaller size, or as an insulating layer if you get a larger size and wear it over a tight layering shirt.

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For a powerfully insulating base layer, the Lands' End Thermaskin Heat Crew is designed to maintain your body heat while keeping sweat away from your skin. The fabric also includes an antimicrobial finish to fight odors.

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Insulating Pants

Zella "Live In" Leggings
 (in sizes XS to 3X) are perfect as a base layer for super cold days. Tight at the ankles and made of moisture-wicking fabric, they'll keep you toasty when worn under workout pants. They're also a good choice for yoga, Pilates or barre classes.

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The Street to Summit Pant (in sizes XXS to 2X) is great as an outer layer for extra cold days. Designed for hiking, these pants are made of moisture-wicking fabric with tons of stretch. The wide waistband provides plenty of comfort.

For a cheap base layer, you can't beat Old Navy's Compression Leggings (in sizes XS to XXL). These are made with flat seams and no tags to prevent chafing. The super stretchy fabric is also designed to be moisture wicking. The tight fit prevents air from seeping in at the ankles.

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For the very coldest days, when you need a quality base layer on top and bottom, the Lands' End Thermaskin Heat Pants (in size XS to 3X) will keep you toasty all the way to your ankles. 

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Toasty Jackets

The Athleta Downieville Jacket (in sizes XXS to XL) combines the cozy warmth of down with the casual styling of your favorite flannel shirt. It's a perfect outer layer for the coldest days, featuring a full-front, two-way zipper and internal pockets. 

The Zella Reflective Quilted Jacket (in sizes XS to XL) includes thumbholes to help keep your wrists warm, while the high, plush-lined neck keeps cold air out. On very cold days, this would make a great middle layer over a thin long-sleeved shirt and under a heavier jacket or coat.

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The Tek Gear Hooded Packable Puffer Jacket (in sizes S to XL) is designed to be lightweight, warm and washable, which makes it perfect for outdoor winter workouts.

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Hot Accessories

With its cozy thermal fleece and stay-put fit, the Radiantactive Outdoor Training and Running Performance Scarf from Mission will quickly become your go-to companion for chilly, early morning runs and hikes.

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Made from carbon-infused fleece that retains 20 percent more heat than regular fleece, Mission's Radiantactive Lightweight Running and Training Gloves feature comfortable stretch fabric, a secure silicone grip and conductive fabric on the thumb and forefinger for effortless use of smart devices.

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A scarf is a must for cold blustery days, but for working out, the better choice is a Midweight Melange Fleece Gaiter from Lands' End. The gaiter can be bunched up around the neck for warmth without coming loose during activity. It can also be pulled up to cover your nose and cheeks and protect them from the freezing air.

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Made from lightweight thermal fleece with four-way stretch, the Radiantactive Outdoor Performance Beanie locks in the warmth even during the coldest stretches of road. The patented wicking technology won't ever wash out.

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If you live in a place that gets frequent snow or ice accumulation, consider adding some extra traction to your regular running or walking shoes with Yaktrax. This simple device is designed to slip easily over your shoes and give you extra stability on icy terrain.

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What are your must-have winter workout accessories and gear choices?

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