Running Tips to Remember This Winter
Outdoor runs will not only give your body a good cardio workout but will also give you an opportunity to breathe in fresh air. So don’t let the chilly weather this winter put you off your regular runs. In fact, winter runs may have a little more advantage as you tend to work out harder to beat the cold. Here are a few essential tips to remember when you go out running this winter..
Many people have admitted to wearing extra layers when they go out as it is cold. But as much as you’re tempted to begin off warm and cozy, abstain from it. When you go running, you tend to sweat and start feeling hot. Wearing extra layers will make running uncomfortable and you may eventually land up shedding your extra layers of clothing.
Start off warm
It may be very cold when you begin your run and since we have already recommended skipping on extra layers of clothes, you may wonder how to beat the cold when you start off right? The ideal way to do it is to warm yourself in front of a heater or wear freshly ironed clothes, so that you start off warm. Once you start running, your body will heat up automatically and the cold won’t bother you.
Winter friendly gear
Your running gear won’t be the same in winter as on any other day. You have to choose a pair of shoes with better grip on the soles so that you have enough traction and won’t slip on the icy surface. You may also want shoes with fabric that is extra water resistant on slushy surfaces.
It is also important to decide your run wear depending on the intensity of the weather and your surroundings. Choosing synthetic fabric is a good idea as it is lightweight and does not trap moisture. Non synthetic material can trap moisture, which results in uncomfortable wet clothes, especially if you sweat.
Don’t forget to apply some winter care lotion to your skin and some lip balm to avoid dry skin and lips when you go out in the cold, because when you run, your skin is exposed to the sun, so use a good sunscreen as well.
It’s always good to follow some extra safety measure when you go running in winter.
- Remember your warm up exercises before your leave.
- Wear reflective clothing if you’re running on the road so that drivers can spot you.
- Running with a buddy provides extra safety and precaution.
- Asthma patients should be extra careful about their decision to run in winter; and if they do, they should remember to carry their inhaler.
- Just as an extra precautionary measure, inform your family about the route you take and carry your cell phone and identification when you go out running.
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