These warm workout leggings will make your body think it's spring

Korin Miller
Warm workout tights are a must-have for exercising during the winter. (Photos: Zappos, Zappos, Reebok)

Finding the motivation to work out can be tricky on the best of days. Trying to do it outside in the winter can be a serious roadblock. That’s especially true if you end up freezing your way through your outdoor workouts wearing the wrong gear.

Clearly, throwing on a thick jacket and hat will help keep your upper half toasty, but tights are a different story. You can’t always tell at first glance which will keep you warm and which will leave you with frozen stems. We found the best cold-weather workout tights, so you can stay focused and warm outside no matter what Mother Nature throws at you this winter.

Under Armour Women’s HeatGear Legging (Photo: Zappos)

Under Armour Women’s HeatGear Legging

Under Armour is practically synonymous with “super warm,” so it’s no surprise that their HeatGear leggings are huge with outdoor workout fans. The material is deceptively light, and helps keep you cozy without weighing you down. It also wicks away sweat and dries quickly, just in case you happen to encounter a snow bank or two on your run. An added bonus: the leggings hit a little high on the hips to help smooth out your midsection.

Shop It: Under Armour Women’s HeatGear Armour Legging, $45,

Athleta Contender Laser Cut Tight (Photo: Athleta)

Athleta Contender Laser Cut Tight

These tights are sleek and stylish — eight different color options practically ensure you’ll find a pair that blends in with your other workout gear. They also have side-zip pockets to hold your phone and keys while you work up a sweat. Another cool feature: these pants have a NeverEnd drawstring to adjust the waistband to a tightness that works for you.

Shop It: Athleta Contender Laser Cut Tight, $89,

Eddie Bauer Women’s Trail Tight Leggings (Photo: Eddie Bauer)

Eddie Bauer Women’s Trail Tight Leggings

These tights were specifically made for hiking, running, and whatever else you plan on tackling outdoors. Eddie Bauer’s FreeDry moisture wicking polyester/spandex blend ensures that you’ll stay warm on your workouts and zippered pockets help keep your essentials safe while you do your thing. The tights also come with Eddie Bauer’s Polygiene odor control technology, to keep you smelling fresh throughout your workout.

Shop It: Eddie Bauer Women’s Trail Tight Leggings, $55,

The North Face Winter Warm Mid-Rise Tights (Photo: Zappo’s)

The North Face Winter Warm Mid-Rise Tights

If coziness is huge on your list of tights requirements, these are a must-have. These leggings have brushed-back fleece that feels amazing to touch and works to keep you warm. They also have North Face’s FlashDry technology to wick away moisture when you sweat. And, for your accessories, there’s a kangaroo pocket in the back for storage and a secure zip pocket with a mesh overlap on the right side.

Shop It: The North Face Winter Warm Mid-Rise Tights, $85,

Lululemon Toasty Tight Tech II (Photo: Lululemon)

Lululemon Toasty Tight Tech II

These tights are made with sweat-wicking tech fleece, which is brushed on the inside to keep you warm and comfy. They come in three colors — garnet, cyber (gray) and black — and look stylish enough to wear even when you’re not working out. They’re also amazing in the storage department with zip pockets on both sides and a card pocket at the waistband.

Shop It: Lululemon Toasty Tight Tech II, $89,

Nike Pro Warm Women’s Mid-Rise Training Tights (Photo: Nike)

Nike Pro Warm Women’s Mid-Rise Training Tights

Sleek and stylish, these classic black leggings have a mid-rise waistband that’s tilted up in back for full coverage when you bend and move. They also have a soft, sweat-wicking base layer to keep you warm, even with the weather outside is anything but.

Shop It: Nike Pro Warm Women’s Mid-Rise Training Tights, $40,

Reebok Running Thermowarm Tight (Photo: Reebok)

Reebok Running Thermowarm Tight

These leggings are made of fleece and designed to feel super comfortable. They also have woven panels on the front to help shield your lower half from headwinds, and a pocket that’s made for storing keys and cash.

Shop It: Reebok Running Thermowarm Tight, $70,

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