LOSE IT! - - Buyer’s Guide -

In cold weather layer cloth­ing to main­tain your core tem­per­a­ture when ex­er­cis­ing out­doors. Start with a lightweight base layer, then add an in­su­lat­ing mid layer, and a wa­ter­re­sis­tant outer layer. No mat­ter which ac­tiv­ity you’re par­tic­i­pat­ing in, your lay­ers need to be ver­sa­tile and ef­fi­cient.

• More ad­vanced ap­parel, such as items con­structed with an­tibac­te­rial fab­rics that wick away mois­ture, or work­out wear that reg­u­lates body tem­per­a­ture, is also avail­able.

• Look for tank tops that are made of breath­able and flex­i­ble fab­rics.

• Shorts with a jersey like feel are a good choice for less aer­o­bic ac­tiv­i­ties.

• Spe­cial­ity socks tend to be more ex­pen­sive: you’re pay­ing for greater dura­bil­ity and the ex­tra pro­tec­tion and sup­port your feet ap­pre­ci­ate when, for ex­am­ple, you’re hik­ing. Socks with an acrylic blend within the fab­ric will wick away sweat and keep your feet dry. Avoid cot­ton socks for work­ing out. They wick poorly and of­fer no sup­port.

• It’s a good idea to wear syn­thet­ics in sum­mer to keep dry.

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