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If you're looking to add some outdoor winter runs to your exercise routine, your workout wardrobe will need some adjusting to suit the unpredictable British weather. No matter what weather reports say, you never know when a shower will hit, and you don't want to be soaked whilst running outside during the autumn and winter months. Whether you're a road, trail, or track runner, you need to be braced with layers that are breathable and warm without causing you to break out in a sweat as soon as you complete your warm-up sequence.
"As the nights get longer and our half of the planet cools, so do your muscles when outside," Tim Blakey, a physio, personal trainer, and creator of the online training platform PRIMEBODY told POPSUGAR. "Think of your muscles as chewing gum: stressed while cold and static, it'll break when pulled. Once chewing gum is warmed up it becomes pliable and more accommodating to stretch. Spend a bit longer on your warm-ups in the winter months and also switch out your wardrobe to your winter active kit such as under-layer compression garments to reduce the chance of muscle strains."
"What's the right balance to strike?" I hear you ask. Read on to find your new activewear pieces that combine impressive form and functionality, making them perfect options for your next outdoor run. From Instagram-friendly running hats to a sweat-wicking sports bra that tracks your heartbeat, not to mention all the breathable leggings and long-sleeve tops to keep you warm yet able to move easily, whatever your run throws at you. On your marks, get set, go.