25 Activewear Finds That Will Make Your Winter Workouts Way Better

The Best Cold Weather Workout Clothes for Women


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I know I'm not the only one who finds it very hard to work out when it's cold outside. And I'm not talking about doing a run in the park—it can be hard to get of bed and in your workout gear to head to an indoor studio class or gym. And even now when most of my sweat sessions are at home, it's still hard for me to find that motivation to leave my comfy and warm bed, or my cozy spot on the couch. Does anyone feel the same way?

If you're finding that the motivation doesn't come easily these days, or that you're feeling so uncomfortable during outdoor workouts because you're freezing your butt off, it might be time to invest in the best cold-weather workout clothes. A new piece of activewear always gives me a burst of excitement for my workouts because I want to test it out and show it off. Plus, something warm and cozy will make the cold weather so much more bearable.

To help you shop for the wintry season, take a look at some of our favorite picks below.


The performance fabric on these leggings has a fleece-like brushed interior so you'll feel warm and cozy. They're super-smoothing and sculpting, too.

The North Face's cold-weather tights are made with the brand's FlashDry fabric, which is both warming and sweat-wicking. It also has a reflective logo at the knee for visibility.

Leave it to running gear company Brooks to design some great winter leggings perfect for your next run. It features a thermal fabric that both insulates and wicks moisture. And there are side drop-in pockets and a back waist pocket so you can stash the essentials.

While these fleece-lined leggings will keep you warm, they also won't make you feel overheated. That's because the fabric is breathable and comfortable.

Designed for running, Nike's leggings are made of breathable fleece and stretchy fabric so you can move freely.

The awesome thing about these leggings is they're water-resistant, which makes those early morning misty runs a lot easier.

Made for medium- and high-impact workouts, Athleta's cold-weather leggings feature thermal insulation and a wide waistband with an adjustable drawcord. There's also a back zip pocket for your keys or cash.


This fitted, fast-drying top is so easy to move in. It also features thumbholes at the cuffs for comfort.

Under Armour's mock-neck top features a brushback knit fabric for warmth and breathability. It's also good at wicking sweat and drying quickly, so you can go hard during your workouts without a second thought.

You can wear this relaxed fit long-sleeve shirt on runs and for other workouts when you feel you need some extra coverage. The design has smooth flatlock seaming to reduce chafing.

This tee features Nike's Dri-Fit technology, so you know it will keep you dry and comfortable during any type of workout. the thumbhole sleeve has a watch window so it's easy to track your progress on your smartwatch or fitness tracker.

Made of a lightweight jersey fabric, this performance shirt is moisture-wicking and chafe-free.


Designed for running, Lululemon's jacket is made of waterproof and windproof fabric. It will shield you from the cold with a fleece backing, and it's also easy to work out in thanks to four-way stretch. Other convenient features include a cinchable hood, 360-degree reflectivity, multiple zippered pockets, and thumbholes.

You'll want to wear this super-cozy sherpa jacket before and after your exercise sessions, and even when you're not working out. It's stylish enough for everyday wear. Plus, it features a removable hood and zip pockets.

This furry fleece jacket is strategically designed with a comfy stand collar and solid paneling.


The slim-fitting piece is moisture-wicking and lightly compressive so you can go on a run without worrying about extra bulk.

The front of this jacket has a puffy and quilted shell to keep you extra warm while the rest of the fabric is made of a stretchy knit.

And if you need something a bit more substantial when you're heading to your workouts, this affordable puffer will do the trick. It's hooded with a standup collar.


Your ears can get so cold when you're outside, so keep them warm with these striking ear warmers. 

These gloves feature a fleece lining to keep your fingers protected from the cold.

Lululemon's beanie is designed specifically for running. It's water-repellent, fleece-lined, has reflective details, and features an opening at the back for your ponytail. It's also shaped to keep your ears covered and warm.

Sure, these may look like regular gloves, but they have some pretty cool features that will make your life so much easier. First, they're touchscreen-friendly, and second, they have UPF 30+ sun protection.

You're going to need some quality socks for that run or workout, too. These are designed for medium to high-impact workouts and feature strategic cushioning.