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EHA Wellness - It's Cold Out - Bundle Up!... Choosing clothes and layering them properly are keys to keeping comfortable while exercising outdoors, especially in cold temperatures. Adding or removing layers as needed will help you to stay warm and dry while staying active. 

• Base Layer: This layer, closest to your skin, should wick moisture away from your body and into the air or outer layer where it can evaporate. The best base layer materials are synthetics (polypropylene and polyester). These materials are lightweight, too. Skin chafing can be a concern, so check the base layer design features. Stretchy fabric allows you to move easily. Seamless or flat-seam clothing lies flat and won’t rub your skin.

• Mid-Layer: This insulating layer helps to take moisture away from the base layer. Wool and synthetics, such as fleece, work well. This layer should be snug but not constricting. Features such as full-length front zippers allow for venting. 

• Outer Layer: This layer protects you from the elements. When it’s dry outside, go for a lightweight soft shell that provides warmth, breathability, and wind resistance. If the conditions are wet, make sure your outer layer is both breathable and waterproof.

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