Winter-Proof your Workout Gear
As if it’s not already difficult enough to get motivated to exercise during winter, freezing your tush off while doing so is not appealing, to say the least. Furthermore, the chilled weather can take its toll on workout gearÂ due to salt damage or little traction. Have no fear; we’ve compiled a how-to list to winter-proof your gear.
Repel the Damage
Solve (or get-ahead of) the salt damage and repel water and dirtÂ stains with products such as Ralyn Aquatec. However, if yourÂ shoes do happen to get wet, do not toss them in the dryer orÂ prop them up near a radiator – this can cause warping and otherÂ damage. Instead, simply remove the insoles, loosen the laces and prop them heel-first against a wall (with the toes on the ground) toÂ dry overnight.
With winter comes the frequent icy roads and sidewalks. If you’reÂ in the market for a new pair of kicks, purchase a pair with rubberÂ lugs (protrusions on the sides of the soles that are meant to pro-
vide more grip). If you’re trying to watch your pennies, try Yaktrax,Â a traction device you slip on your tennis shoes.
Light Up the Night
As winter progresses, so do longer dark hours. Whether youÂ prefer to exercise in the morning or evening, wear reflective gear.Â If your clothes don’t already have illuminating panels sewn in,Â opt for reflective accessories, such as vests, hats, and arm or legÂ bands, or purchase a wearable light.
Avoid Pain without Stains
Chafing is a problem in both warm and cool seasons. Many lubricants, such as petroleum jelly, can stain your clothing. A commonÂ favorite is the non-staining and anti-chafing agent Gold BondÂ Friction Defence, which is gentle, long-lasting, and affordable.