As the seasons change, your gym wardrobe needs to change, too.
The period of transition between the winter season to the spring season is one of the toughest to gauge; the weather isn't super cold anymore, but it's certainly not warm enough.
With that being said, it's also the toughest period to distinguish what to wear in the gym or during your run outdoors when you consider four important things: comfort, weather, mobility, and fashion.
In the winter season, the emphasis is to stay warm. Running outside calls for a ton of compression from under-garments, long-sleeve workout shirts, and pants. There are also shoe traction systems to help during muddy, snowy and slippery terrain during the daily jog. Then, the active gloves come in to keep the hands warm, combined with toques, puffy vests, full tracksuits, etc.
Yeah, you're probably not going to need all of that anymore... at least for the next few months.
But, the question is, as we transition into the spring season, what can we keep, what do we get rid of, and why?
First of all, the weather will be warmer in spring; definitely not beach weather, but it'll allow for less layers and more breathable fabrics.
What should I keep?
Hang onto the compression
- Compression is built for any season—even the summer. It's great at hanging onto the sweat, preventing it from escaping, saving your muscles from tightening up and cooling down.
- It'll help you stay warm when it can be chilly, but not warm enough to have you burning.
- Keeps mobility; most compression wear is active and designed specifically for exercise and sports.
- From a fashion standpoint, they are universally accepted in gyms as the 'go-to' wear in the gym, whether it's a shirt or some leggings. Sometimes, it's an accessory rather than a necessity.
Our suggestion with compression is to wear one piece and not a full fit of it, otherwise, you'll get hot and uncomfortable really quick. Preferably, you'd want to stick with compression leggings. You can wear shorts over top if you're leaning towards mobility, or sweats if it's still cold outside.
Hoodies and Track Suits
Most times in the winter season you'll see hoodies with heavy sweat pants or full track suits. Like the compression, they're best used as individual pieces. Pair your hoodies and track jackets with some shorts, or light sweats, and you'll stay warm up top while having some more liberty down low when you go into those leg day routines!
What to add?
Instead of heavier fabrics, start to transition into wearing lighter alternatives.
Windbreakers and Pullovers
Windbreakers are much lighter and thinner in fabric, and are a perfect option in the lukewarm weather; you won't get too hot or freeze.
Pullovers, depending on the brand can be heavy or light, however, they're also a great option that is more fashionable than other jacket options.
Shorts in the winter time when you're stepping out of the house, into the car, out of the car then into the gym is a pain. Have you felt that cold burn on your thighs? Yeah, not great.
In the spring, the temperature will have lightened up to make any commute to the gym easier on your body, and most especially if you're running.
Your body has a harder time retaining heat in the winter, meaning your muscles can tighten up quicker, leading to injury, or a lack of overall strength. In the spring, it'll gradually warm up enough for you to start wearing shorts, giving you the mobility and freedom you need, and to start letting your legs breathe.
It's also fashionably-accepted in the spring as opposed to the winter season!
Overall, think about clothing that will protect you from the chills but give you more liberty and mobility. You can also wear those bright colours as the sun comes out, and the amount of accessories you've got on can be taken off!