Tips on Exercising in the Rain

running-in-the-rainWhen 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.


  1. 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.
  2. Select clothing containing breathable fabrics to keep you dry and warm for your second layer – tights and tops – as well.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Choose layered socks that contain the same moisture-transporting properties mentioned above.
  6. Choose shoes with good traction, cushioning and above all, waterproofing.  you can buy shoes that are already waterproofed, or you can waterproof them yourself.
  7. 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.
  8. 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)


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