30 Cozy Workout Leggings For When You Have To Be Outdoors

It's hard to convince yourself to go outdoors when the weather is viciously cold. Even with layers of warm sweaters and long johns, it just not worth feeling like an icicle afterward. And if physical activity is somehow involved in your outdoor journey? Forget it.
Not to sound like an exercise-pusher, but if the cold weather is bumming you out, it might be worthwhile to venture outdoors and try to attempt some light exercise. According to a 2005 study, outdoor exercise can be helpful in treating seasonal affective disorder. And other research has found that spending time in nature can boost your mood. But if you're going to brave the cold, you need the right workout clothes — specifically, a pair of warm leggings.
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The ideal cold weather leggings are cozy enough to keep your thighs toasty, but wicking enough to handle sweat. They should be thin so you can move, but protective in case it starts snowing or something. Whether you reluctantly signed up for a winter 5K, want to take a walk outside, or just need something for going to and from the gym, these are the best winter leggings that will make the weather outside a little less frightful.
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Photo: Courtesy of Lululemon.
These leggings look super smooth from the outside, but the inside fabric is brushed with fleece for added warmth.
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The fiber in this fabric is hollow, so it traps heat and dries fast (it's meant to mimic natural fur). If you're too toasty, there are mesh vents on the backs of the knees.
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Photo: Courtesy of Under Armour.
If you want something sleek and tight-fitting, try these compression tights, which are designed to fit like a "second skin."
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Photo: Courtesy of Nike.
This fabric seals in warmth but, more importantly, it wicks away moisture so you can really sweat during a training session.
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Photo: Courtesy of Brooks.
There are deep side pockets on these tights, so you don't have to worry about carrying your phone while you run.
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This funky printed base layer is perfect for wearing underneath ski pants or alone as leggings.
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These lightweight leggings are surprisingly warm, thanks to the plush, brushed fabric.
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Photo: Courtesy of Athleta.
Somehow these fleece leggings are as sleek as they are functional.
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Cover up your ankles with these zippered tights.
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If your CrossFit box opens up during the winter, these leggings will keep your muscles warm without overheating you while you lift.
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Photo: Courtesy of Outdoor Voices.
These Outdoor Voices leggings are soft and tight, plus the ankle zippers are great for hiding thick, high socks.
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There is room to stash a few hand warmers in the pockets of these running tights.
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Photo: Courtesy of Under Armour.
Technically this is a base layer, but the thermal grid fabric traps in heat without adding a lot of weight.
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Save these heavyweight tights for when it's seriously snowing. They have "thermal reflectors" on the inside that spread your body heat around the fabric.
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These are more like sweats than they are leggings, but the medium-weight fleece will keep you cozy on hikes or even indoors.
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A simple, seamless pair to wear underneath your favorite jogger.
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Made from a mix of Merino wool and spandex, these long john tights are the perfect under-layer for runners.
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If you often end up with windburn on your thighs after being outdoors, try these compression leggings, which have a wind-and-rain-resistant front panel.
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Photo: Courtesy of Sweaty Betty.
A funky printed ski legging looks chic après but is made from a Merino wool blend to keep you toasty on the slopes.
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Photo: Courtesy of Lululemon.
These fleece-lined leggings are high-waisted, so you don't have to worry about wind getting between your shirt and pants.
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Photo: Courtesy of the North Face.
You can't go wrong with these breathable base layer tights from North Face.
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Photo: Courtesy of Athleta.
Stretchy fleece leggings are thick, yet comfy — and they come in extended sizes.
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Photo: Courtesy of Patagonia.
These are lined with Polartec grids to survive freezing temps. But they do run slightly short, so be sure to have high socks as well.
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If you're running outside in the dark winter hours, try these thermal leggings, which have reflective detailing and bright color panels for extra visibility.
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Photo: Courtesy of Patagonia.
Not a fan of tights? Opt for these looser fleece pants.
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Photo: Courtesy of Smartwool.
These are on the expensive side, but worth it. The Merino wool fabric keeps you crazy warm while running, but is somehow not itchy or stiff.
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Photo: Courtesy of Fabletics.
There's a water-resistant pocket on the back of these fleece leggings, so you can stash your phone and not worry about moisture getting in.
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Photo: Courtesy of Uniqlo.
You get a lot of bang for your buck with Uniqlo Heattech. These leggings retain a ton of warmth without being too bulky.
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Photo: Courtesy of Reebok.
The fancy hexagon pattern on these performance leggings is supposed to help keep warm air in and release excess heat.
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Photo: Courtesy of Dick's.
This pair from Carrie Underwood's workout line has special moisture-wicking technology that pulls sweat away from your skin. That way, you're not freezing walking to and from class.
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