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Sweat in Style–Winter Running

January 16, 2014

It’s no secret that I like a good workout. I try to do as much as possible outdoors {the gym can get a bit…erm… stuffy}. That’s why I love the summer so much. You can walk, run, hike, cycle, swim, etc. in the sunshine and aren’t tied to the gym.

A question I get asked a lot is “what motivates you to work out?”

Well, apart from the fact that I like moving around, cute yet functional workout clothes happen to be a big motivator. I love seeing sport brands such as Nike, Reebok, Lululemon truly embrace pops of color and bold prints in their workout gear because it just adds a fun factor to something that used to be monotone and boring.

Over the next few months I’ll guide you through how you can incorporate a bit of sassiness into your workouts so you can sweat in style! I’ll also include recommendations for cute hairstyles. I already have a lists of specific workouts I’ll look at more closely. But if you have a special request, please do share! I really don’t mind spending the day browsing the web for workout gear. I really don’t!

For the first installment I’m going with something obvious: winter running.

Sweat in Style - Winter Running {healthinspirations.net}

When I go running in the UK, I see people at both ends of the spectrum. There are those who, in the midst of the winter, wear shorts and a light shirt and then there are the ones who are bundled up, head to toe, wearing a thick jacket, scarf, gloves and a hat. The amount of layers you should wear for outdoor runs really depends on how hot or cold you are. I for one  have come to realize that I’d rather be freezing during the first 5 minutes of my run than be unbearably hot for the last 45 minutes. The attire you are going to invest in will also depend on the time of day you are mostly likely to run at. I’m more of a late morning/noon runner {just one perk of being a student} so reflective running jackets aren’t really necessary. I can usually get away with a standard winter running jacket. If however the midst of the night is the only time of day where you can possibly squeeze in a run, then those reflective jackets{and shoes} are an absolute must!

    1. Nike Aeroloft Vest {more colors available here: UK/US}
    2. Lululemon No Show Running Socks {a lot more colors are available here}
    3. Nike Gloves {available here: UK/US}
    4. Adidas Adizero Tempo Sunglasses {available here}
    5. Nike Dri-Fit Knit {more colors available here: UK/US}
    6. Nike Thermal Tights {available here: UK/US}
    7. Lululemon Sportsbra {available here}
    8. Nike Free Hyperfeel Shoes {several styles available here: UK/US} – currently on sale!
    9. Nike Shield Flash Jacket {available here: UK/US}
    10. Polar Heart Rate Monitor {similar one available here}
    11. Lululemon Reflective Toque {available here}

In terms of hairstyles, I always think it’s nice to see when people make an effort, even if t’s just for a workout. A messy bun {12} or braid are cute, although for my particular running style the only thing that will keep hair out of my sweaty face is a tightly-pulled ponytail {2 elastics!} {13} {source of center picture}

Other things that you might want to think of before you head out:

Happy running! What are your running essentials?

P.S. Keep your eyes peeled for a giveaway next week…

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8 Comments

  • Reply Katie H. January 16, 2014 at 12:19 pm

    Great suggestions! I also have a neck warmer from Lulu that I can pull up over my nose/mouth if I’m running into a particularly bitter wind. It’s pretty great!

    • Reply Antonia January 16, 2014 at 4:12 pm

      Oh yes, those are great! I have one of those which is integrated in my running jacket. I didn’t think I’d actually be using it, but it has proven to be quite handy for runs in the freezing cold.

  • Reply Christine@ appleofmyeye January 16, 2014 at 3:37 pm

    Ohh I’m OBSESSED with cute workout clothes, so this really was a great post for me hahah! Unluckily, I live in California so I don’t need to bundle up as much and don’t get too much use out of heavier workout clothes 🙁

    • Reply Antonia January 16, 2014 at 4:10 pm

      Trust me, you’re lucky to be living in California {very jealous btw!}. It’s been pouring rain here in the UK all week and it doesn’t look like it’s going to stop any time soon 🙁

  • Reply Katie (The Muffin Myth) January 16, 2014 at 9:35 pm

    I’m all bundled up for winter running in Sweden! When I had long hair the only thing I could do was a low pony tail – the high ones always fell out! But I never considered two elastics. Now I’m just in a headband or a toque, and extra thick wool socks to try to keep my toes warm. Winter running for the win!

    • Reply Antonia January 16, 2014 at 9:38 pm

      I saw that picture of you on instagram the other day…it did look pretty bundled up. But then again, there was snow! Here in the UK it’s only raining, all day long!

  • Reply Lena January 17, 2014 at 4:38 pm

    Nice picks! Love the Nike stuff 😉

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