8 Recommendations For Winter Running

Although the days are shorter and the weather is colder, that doesn’t mean you should give up running to get on the treadmill.

Those who continue to run outdoors in the cold winter months are more likely to do well during race season.

These tips will help you avoid running on the treadmill in a busy gym and make it more enjoyable to keep up your training.

1. Covering your head, hands, and feet
extremities is responsible for a significant portion of heat loss. Make sure you choose clothing with zippers around your neck/underarms to keep you warm. For those cold runs, a hat, gloves, and even a cover for the face are essential!

2. Dress as if it’s warmer

It’s normal to feel slightly chilled when you first start running, but it will get warmer as your run goes on. You might feel cold if you sweat too much. You should change your clothes quickly after you finish your run to avoid getting cold/wet.

3. Warm up indoors and prolong your warm-up

Lower temperatures will take longer to heat your joints and muscles. Give your body time to get warm to avoid injury.

4. Make sure you have the right socks and shoes

For better traction on ice, wear ice grips on your soles. If you have the budget, get a pair of studded winter running shoes. Your socks should be warm but wick moisture away.

6. Take a safe route

Although you may know the route well, it is not worth taking on the risk if it hasn’t been plowed, salted, or sanded. To reduce your chance of falling, make sure you stick to well-maintained routes.

7. Be visible

On cold winter days, motorists might not expect pedestrians. They may not be able to stop at all depending on the road conditions. You should wear reflective gear and a headlamp, and keep your eyes open during your run.

8. Take a friend

It can be difficult enough to stick to a running schedule when it is sunny. Don’t let the cold outside get you down. To keep your motivation up, you can share your schedule with a friend. ).

9. Mix it up

These tips will help you run on frozen pavement. However, there are days when the weather is just too difficult to run. You should be open to indoor exercise so that you can keep up your home fitness program (e.g. You can do HIIT, stair climbing, or even at the gym.

Although winter running can be a challenge, these tips will help you get ready for it. Keep warm and dry, and run until the snow melts.