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Some of the most common excuses I'm sure to hear over the next few months are "It's too cold to work out!" or "The weather is so gloomy, I can't bear to exercise outside." Yes, it's hard to get motivated when the wind is howling or the rain or snow is pelting down—it can thwart even the most committed exercisers—but don't ban all thoughts of heading outdoors for a sweat session. These tips will help you discover the joys of fresh-air winter workouts.

Dress appropriately
That means layers, layers, layers&8212;they're the key to staying comfortable in colder weather. In the winter, I rely on Terramar Thermasilk long underwear. It's not bulky or binding, and it breathes. I also like Under Armour, which has leggings and pants designed for specific temperature ranges. Keep in mind that the more aerobic the workout—cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, running—the hotter you'll get, so the lighter your layers should be. You might be a little chilly at first, but you'll heat up fast. If you're toasty when you first start out, you'll be much too hot after about 10 minutes.

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