7 Essential Fitness Gear Tips to Conquer Fall & Winter!

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Even though we all train in “sunny” Santa Monica, Winter and Fall temps can make it occasionally necessary to insulate for a chilly beach boot camp workout. But while parkas are Winter essentials in snow country, layering that much bulk on your body in California "weather" can lead to an uncomfortable, sweaty boot camp. Conversely, dressing like it's 20 degrees warmer than it is will help ensure you don't over-layer, but can also bring on the cold. With all that said, here are 10 Essential Workout Gear tips for Big Mike's Boot Camp.

1. Dress in Layers
Depending on the temperature on the sand, you may want to choose a thin moisture-wicking shirt (go for short-sleeved if temperatures are at least 40 degrees) and cover with a lightweight zippered jacket that you can easily take off when your body temperature rises. FYI, leave out a bulky insulating middle layer for maximum range-of-motion. If it’s lightly raining, select a waterproof thin windbreaker that has vents to keep you comfortable and dry. Make sure you pick a jacket with zippered pockets for a secure place to stash any gloves, headgear, phone or keys during your beach boot camp.

2. Insulate Your Legs
You probably will need to get running pants or tights to help insulate your legs from the chill when it’s windy an cold. Regular fast-drying pants should work.

3. Protect Your Head and Ears
If you find that your hat traps too much heat while you are working-out, choose an ear-covering headband that keeps your ears warm and will prevent overheating. Also, a lightweight, waterproof billed cap will help keep winter glare out of your eyes as well as any sprinkles.

4. Don’t Forget Your Feet
Moist Santa Monica beach winters call for shoes that keep your feet dry and the sand out, so select shoes that have fine mesh or solid flexible material, especially over the toes. Well constructed Trail running shoes seem to work best; and be sure to wear non-cotton moisture-wicking socks for extra protected feet.

5. Keep Your Digits Warm
Light-weight fitness gloves are important in cooler temperatures, since Fall and Winter coastal conditions can chill your fingers and wrists. Choose thin, wind-resistant gloves without much bulk, and be sure to have zippered coat pockets to hide them once it warms up. As an inexpensive solution, Home Depot has a huge selection of tough, well insulated gloves in every size,

6. Be Good to Exposed Skin
Lip balm and Sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 should be applied before every day on the sand, even if you are working out under cloudy skies. The sun's UV rays easily pass through clouds and can cause skin damage. Consistently applying Sunscreen can keep your skin young-looking for years to come.

7. Hydrate
Hydrate even more in the cooler months of the year with at least 8-10 glasses of water per day. Fall and Winter dry conditions tend to be much more de-hdrating than summer and deserve even more H2O!

—Big Mike