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Prepare For Any Weather: Winter to Spring Workouts

Posted By Colleen Dougherty, NC Recreation & Park Association, Monday, February 22, 2016

Happy Monday,

I hope everyone is doing well today! Many times the transition between the winter and spring months can be both difficult and unpredictable to dress for, especially when heading out the door for a walk or run. This blog discusses some easy, quick tips you can use or share with your community to prepare for an outdoor workout during this time of year.  

Active provides some great advice to help ensure your runs are not only safe and enjoyable, but also continue to motivate you to be actively engaged in the outdoors. First, dressing in layers is critical. Consider wearing several thin layers of clothing, which helps to trap warm air between each layer, keeping you much warmer then wearing one heavy layer. Second, make sure to wear the proper fabrics. Materials such as polypropylene, dri-fit, and some wool/synthetic blends wick moisture away from your body and keep you as warm and dry as possible. Avoid wearing cotton because it does not wick moisture, and has minimal insulating ability, which will leave you wet, cold and very uncomfortable. Lastly, cover exposed skin as much as possible. Wearing a hat and gloves is necessary if the temperature is on the chillier side. Covering your head and hands will trap the heat longer, keeping you warm and comfortable on the run. Also note, always have your phone on you, just in case of any emergencies! For more running advice, refer to Active for tips for running in cold weather. Runner’s World also has a great guide to create your own workout outfit by selecting gender, temperature, time of day and intensity of the run!

Our March Wellness Webinar will be hosted by Jennie Sumrell, Director of Education at PlayCore. She will be discussing ways to attract more children and families to local community trails and parks. The webinar is designed to explore best practices for intentionally infusing play into outdoor environments in an effort to promote family fun, encourage healthy physically activity, and reconnect people of all ages to nature. The webinar will take place on Tuesday, March 1st at 1:00pm. To register please click the link:

NC Recre8’s statewide 5k is excited to announce registration is now live! The race will take place on Saturday, April 16, at various locations across North Carolina. Click the following link for more information and to check if there are any race locations by you:

If you would like to share your ideas regarding outdoor winter and spring workouts, please email us or submit them on the wellness site here: (,


Tags:  Get Active  Healthy Living  Wellness 

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