Unless you’re one of the lucky few to live in a locale that experiences balmy highs all year, you’ve probably started to notice a change in the seasons. Days are getting shorter, nights are getting longer and temperatures are starting to drop. Bottom line: winter is coming.

As a runner or other outdoor sports enthusiast, you’ve probably been dreading this time of year since the warmth of spring begins.

Why not try something different this year? Why don’t you try to embrace it? It might – okay it does – sound crazy, but, with a few simple gear changes and additions, you can take your fall and winter workouts to the next level. You might even be able to – gasp – enjoy the workouts where you can see your breath before you’ve even made it the whole way outside!

Check out a few of our favorite cold-weather accessories below to get started!

Feetures! Knee High Socks


knee high socks

Designed with iWick fibers to keep moisture away from your body and with a slick knee-high design to add both compression and warmth, Feetures! socks are top of the line. Feetures! patented “Perfect Toe” gives the socks an added bonus of no irritating seam and the company offers a lifetime guarantee. Ready to reduce blisters while staying warm? These socks are a great place to start.

Zipbuds SLIDE Sport Earbuds


sport earbuds for winter

Okay, every now and then we have to throw in a shameless plug. But, we promise, these sport earbuds are worth your attention. When it’s cold, the last thing you need is to try to maneuver out of gloves to fix your earbuds, or to lose your music. Our SLIDE Sport earbuds are designed to be durable – military grade bulletproof fibers durable, in fact – and water resistant to handle sweat and snow. Combine those features with a lifetime guarantee and sounds that go beyond the standard and you have yourself a winner for the oncoming winter!

Under Armour ColdGear Infrared Hood


best infrared hood

Let’s face it. Earmuffs and all forms of headbands that cover the ears generally fall short. They slide, they become bothersome and they fail to protect your face from the cold. Coming inside to a face that’s stinging while warming up just isn’t fun. The Under Armour Infrared Hood uses coldgear technology to pull moisture away from the body while keeping warmth inside. It’s also breathable with a drop chin to remove any issues with condensation. At a low price point, it’s a worthwhile investment.

Brooks Drift Running Gloves


brooks gloves drift running

Your fingers are small and far from the central area of your body; this means they’re likely to get cold before the rest of you. Protection is in order! Brooks Drift running gloves feature tech-tipped fingers to allow for easy smartphone usage, along with a windproof mitt for added protection from the cold. Reflectors mean that you’ll be easier to spot when darkness falls a little earlier than usual. Don’t forget about your fingers when planning for the cold!

Outdoor Research Deviator Hoody


outdoor research deviator hoody

There’s nothing worse than having to figure out how to layer up without going overboard or adding too much bulk. Introducing Outdoor Research’s Deviator Hoody. Excelling in temps between 30-55 degrees Fahrenheit, the hoody is designed to pull moisture away from the body while maintaining core temperatures and blocking the cold. It’s designed to work with you, instead of against you and features a lifetime guarantee. It’s worth a look!

Obviously this list is far from comprehensive; there are simply too many products out there designed to enhance your winter workouts. Other winter essentials include a great pair of tights, thermal pants and base layers. If you’re unsure of exactly how warm you need to dress, or how many layers you’ll need, check out this nifty tool, compliments of Runner’s World. It never hurts to be prepared. Whenever you’re unsure of where to start, check reviews and look at the promise a brand makes to stand behind its product; if it’s quality, this should be clear.

You might not like the cold, you might spend all year wishing it would stay away; but, it’s right around the corner. Consider making an investment to stock up on a few of our favorites listed above and get ready. Winter workouts can push your body to new extremes. Dreaming of a winter 5k PR? Crazier things have happened!

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