The mercury’s plummeting, right along with your will-power, but now’s the time to keep exercising if you want to dodge the dreaded spread. (Reality check: comfort food, comfy lounge and Netflix do not a svelte spring body make.)

Exercising outdoors is good for both your soul and your bank balance. All you need equipment-wise is a little clever layering. Shop our pick of the essentials here.

1. FORGET GETTING WET

Being cold until you warm up is one thing, but being semi-soaked from mist or drizzle in driving wind is a whole other next level punish. There are now so many lightweight wind-breakers and waterproofs that are high fashion enough to wear from the gym to girls’ lunch.


P.E Nation, Crusher Jacket, now $219.
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P.E Nation, Cammo Track Pant, now $159. SHOP NOW


Running Bare, All Weather Spray Jacket, $140.
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Calvin Klein Performance, Asymmetric Zip Jacket, $270 from The Iconic.
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2. GET OFF THE LOUNGE IN LEGWARMERS

Forget the Flashdance or Lara Croft: Tomb Raider connotations – legwarmers are the ideal way to keep calves toasty until they’re warm during Pilates, tennis or long winter walks. Try them and you’ll fall head over (snug) heels.


Bloch, Long Ribbed Leg Warmers, $35.
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3. KEEP A LID ON YOUR LOCKS

It’s no secret that most of our body heat escapes from our heads. Adding a thin cap is sometimes all the extra layering you need. We love this one with built-in ponytail window and unlike a wool beanie, the fabric wicks sweat too.


Lululemon, Run It Out Toque hat in black, $49.
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4. LAYER OVER A LONG BODYSUIT

Whether you throw on a long hoodie or fitted warm-up jacket, this full-length bodysuit will keep your core toasty warm. Even the colour reminds us of hot chocolate.


Koral Activewear, Collection jumpsuit IN MARSALA
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Koral Activewear, Birdie V-Neck Pullover, now $90.
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5. BEST PLANNING HANDS DOWN

Let’s be honest, running with hands in your pocket isn’t easy. And it’s almost impossible to hold your iPhone when you’ve got sleeves pulled down over your hands. The best solution? See exhibit A below.


Lululemon, Run it out gloves, $49.
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Cover and tile images: GRAZIA fashion shoot ‘BODY TALK’ by Richard Freeman and Aileen Marr.
See the full shoot here.

thoughts?