Tips on Exercising in the Rain
When buying real estate, the saying goes: “location, location, location.” When it comes to exercising in the rain, the key words are: “apparel, apparel, apparel.” To get outside and get moving, follow these simple steps.
- Pay attention to the most important layer – the one closest to your body. Choose jog bras and underwear made with polyproppylene, Dri-FIT, CoolMax or Gore-Tex fabrics, which wick water and sweat away from your skin.
- Select clothing containing breathable fabrics to keep you dry and warm for your second layer – tights and tops – as well.
- Choose a wind and water resistant jacket or vest for an outer layer, but avoid wearing a waterproof rain slicker, which will trap moisture and heat on the inside.
- Go for an other layer that’s lightly colored or has reflective strips for added visibility, since running in the rain often means darker conditions.
- Choose layered socks that contain the same moisture-transporting properties mentioned above.
- Choose shoes with good traction, cushioning and above all, waterproofing. you can buy shoes that are already waterproofed, or you can waterproof them yourself.
- Look for the same breathable fabrics for your gloves and hat. Some exercisers prefer a hat with a bill (such as a baseball cap) to help keep the rain out of your eyes. Depending on temperature, this can be a good option.
- If you have to wait outside before the start of a race, a big trash bag with armholes cut out can help you stay dry before you exercise. Be sure to remove it once you begin.
Tips and Warnings
- Long sleeved shirts or windbreakers are easy to tie around your waist. Vests can be unzipped if you become to hot.
- Do not exercise outside if the rain is accompanied by lightning or thunder.
- Drink plenty of water; many people have a tendency to drink less than they should when it is raining.
- Bring a towel and dry clothes to change into when finished.
Things You Will Need
- Dri-Fit or Cool Max Type Shirt (all weather conditions)
- Long sleeved Thermal Tops (very cold)
- Microfiber Vests (very windy)
- Polypropylene Socks (very wet)
- Waterproof Hats (general bad weather)
- Waterproof Rain Gear (cold to wet weather)
- Lightweight, Waterproof Athletic Shoes (cold to wet weather)
- Jackets, breathable and reflective (cool to very very cold and wet weather)