By wearing your clothing adequately, you will remain warm this winter, even if the environment surrounding you is freezing.
Of course, if you regularly take care of chores outside and around the house, you may already know of how important maintaining your heat levels, especially in winter, really is.
To do so, you’ll have to be efficient with layering your garb. Since you’ll be walking in and out, the temperature fluctuations will differ slightly.
Even when doing chores outside, things like striding, bending, sitting, as well as walking, will make you want to drop a layer or two.
With proper layering, even after discarding some of your clothes, your body will remain warm and absorb sweat quickly.
Here’s the science behind layering. When you are stacking clothes, the warm air generated by your core body remains trapped between the layers.
This helps insulate your body and protects vital organs against cold or moist, keeping you at top-notch health all through the work day.
According to a study published by the University of Health Services in Madison Wisconsin, there are four layers of clothing that you should have in mind:
- Base: the thinnest layer on your skin. Its purpose is to deter all traces of moist and sweat that would otherwise do away with your body heat.
- Middle: this layer is comprised of your regular outfit, be it a sweater or long-sleeved shirt.
- Insulation: this layer traps your body heat and provides that constant warmth. Items like a down vest or a fleece jacked should serve well this 3rd layer of clothing.
- Shell: this final layer has the purpose to deter the natural elements, such as the biting wind, rain or snow.
Now it’s to have a look at the various types of materials. Not all of them work as you would have expected.
For example, cotton is not a good insulator. If you wear a cotton layer and it soaks sweat, your body heat will rapidly decrease.
Another example is the down vest or jacket. If you’re wearing one and encounter rain or snow, your body heat will deplete in no time.
Let’s see what clothing fits best the layering described above.
- The initial “base” layer will have to absorb moisture, which mostly is sweat. You don’t want a wet back as it will make you feel cold and uncomfortable. The best item I’ve found in this case is the Under Armor Cold Gear with thumbholes, or any variation of it. These come a bit pricy, but a sweaty, cold back will become a thing of the past. Additionally, you can opt for a tank top with or without sleeves.
- The “middle” layer should be comprised of a casual top. You’ll likely take it off whenever you’ll take a break from outside chores. The mid layer doesn’t have to be loose and should feel snug. Clothing of choice is usually a long-sleeved t-shirt or sweater.
- The “insulation” layer is the one that keeps most warmth within. It all depends on preferences, really. You can opt for your favorite hoodie or go for a woolen vest or sweatshirt. If you’re out doing sports, you should stop at layer three, since it can provide all the required insulation. You should, however, complement it with a hat over your ears and cold gear leggings beneath your sweatpants. This outfit will work well down to 25 degrees.
- The “shell” layer is your last stand against the elements. You’ll want waterproof pieces and also breathable material that let’s moisture out. Depending on the weather and precipitations, you can opt for a parka or rain shell. This 4th layer will come a bit pricy, especially if you’re planning to endure freezing temperatures.
If you want to get good deals on the most pricey layers, namely the base and shell layers, look for them during the off season when prices are at least 50% off.
Additionally, you’ll want to take care of the rest of your body parts.
- Since your feet are found the furthest from your heart, they’ll be the hardest to warm up. Some wool socks should do the trick though.
- Your boots should be waterproof and insulated on the inside.
- Grab a pair gloves or mittens to keep your fingers warm.
- And don’t forget to wear a hat or headband to protect your head. After all, this is the body part that loses the most heat.
Build up your winter garb with care and you won’t suffer from any cold-related diseases. You will also maintain an impeccable health.
If you don’t catch a flu during winter, since it’s the most challenging season for your health, you might sit rest assured for the entire year.