Walking in the cold, getting hot, then going to class. Ugh.
September 10, 2008 9:46 AM Subscribe
I'm trying to lose weight by walking, and I need suggestions for clothing to wear during the Chicago winters while walking outside, keeping in mind that I can't shower afterwards....
posted by tzikeh to health & fitness (24 answers total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
I need to drop about 60 pounds to get back to around what I was when I was "in shape" (it's not unreasonable - I'm 5'1" and aiming for 130 pounds, well above the 118 I weighed back then). Since I'm so out of shape and heavy, I've started by trying to walk to my university every day. It's about 4.5 miles, and so far I've managed to go from just 1 mile to 2 miles before having to get on a bus. But we're heading into winter in Chicago, and I have never exercised outside in inclement weather.
I need to know what kind of shoes I can buy that will keep my feet warm while letting me walk in comfort, and what kind of clothing to wear so that it keeps me warm, but not horribly sweaty. I can't shower when I get to campus (there are showers in the PE building but it's like standing in a drizzle), and I don't want to offend the students sitting next to me.
Keep in mind I'll be carrying a backpack as well, which invariably makes my back sweaty. Any and all suggestions or further info--including anything else I might carry in my backpack that could come in handy in this endeavor--is most welcome!