The Best Cold-Weather Gear to Help You Still Get Your Steps In
Walking is one of the best forms of low-impact exercise out there, with research crediting it as a healthy strategy to lower blood sugar, protect your heart and ultimately help you live a longer, happier life. That being said, when the temperature dips, it can be hard to get outside to walk. But with the right gear, it's much easier! Here's our favorite cold weather gear, from hats to shoes, to help you brave the cold and get in your steps—no matter the temperature.
Hats and Neckwarmers
Hats are an essential part of your cold-gear setup and with Skida, a Vermont-made brand, your hat will be both stylish and warm. The cool designs and cozy fabric are sure to keep your noggin warm and toasty. Pair it with one of their neckwarmers and you'll be extra warm on your stroll (and protect your face from snow and harsh wind). Another favorite is the knitted Smart Wool hat below. It's soft, warm, colorful and a fun addition to your winter wardrobe.
Mittens and Gloves
When the temperature dips down low, you'll want some mittens or gloves to keep your hands protected from frostbite and other elements. These water-repellent Dakine mittens also come with lightweight gloves, so you can double up on cold days or go for the light gloves on warmer days. Another ultra-warm option is Kinco's heavy-duty suede mittens with insulated lining.
Socks and Shoes
Another Vermont-made company, Darn Tough makes some really warm, stylish wool socks. These are just one of the many designs and colors available. The wool helps to keep your feet warm and dry, no matter the season. If I were you, I'd get a few pairs—they're so cozy, you'll want to wear them even when you're not outside.
And, of course, you'll need a good pair of waterproof boots or shoes. If you live in regions where it snows often, I'd go with the classic L.L.Bean Boot. It's *the* boot for winter and with the flannel lining, it'll keep your feet extra warm. If you deal more with rain in the winter, you could go for something lighter but still just as waterproof, like the North Face sneaker below.
A warm baselayer is key in keeping you toasty during your walk and, at the same time, the breathable fabric will keep you cool if you do happen to get a sweat going. A long-sleeved top and leggings are a good place to start. You can go for full length workout pants or upgrade to a pair of fleece-lined leggings, which do wonders to keep your lower half warm. Wear them on their own on warmer, dry days or under waterproof pants in wet weather.
Coats, Vests and Water-Repellent Pants
A warm coat and water-repellent pants are just what you need to finish off your cold-weather wardrobe. Depending on just how cold your region gets in the winter, you could opt for a rain jacket or ″shell″, which is a water-repellent coat without any insulation, that can be worn over a warm coat you already own. Or if you're in the market for an insulated winter jacket, the North Face parka does the trick. Is it an investment? Sure, but you'll use it for years to come. I have this exact coat and have been using it for 7 years now, with no issues.