Winter might stop some people from going on their daily runs due to the cold and chilly climate, but we’re here to tell you why you needn’t be one of them! With the right clothing and winter gear, you’ll be able to never miss a run this season. Now let’s get started.
A common mistake most beginners make is that they dress according to the chillness they feel before the run. Though this may seem like a good idea, it actually works negatively as it causes you to sweat, thereby increasing the chillness you’ll feel on the whole. Instead of overdressing yourself, wear breathable clothes that are warm but not too stuffy, as this will balance out the heat generated by your body once you start running.
Additionally, there are also people who tend to sweat excessively even in extremely cold climates. This again is not the ideal state you’d want your body to be in during your run. If you happen to struggle with this problem then we recommend checking out this list of ways through which you can reduce your sweat issues effectively.
Some people prefer doing their warm-up stretches after they’ve completed their run. However, it is recommended that you begin doing your warm-up exercises inside your home before you step out for your run. This doesn’t necessarily have to be a full-blown warm-up session, but can even comprise cleaning the house and running up and down the stairs a couple of times. This reduces the chillness your body would normally feel, thereby helping you remove any excess clothing before you’ve started your run.
You need to remember that you may have to run in slightly slushy areas during the winter, so it’s a good idea to choose your footwear accordingly. Not wearing waterproof shoes can let the slush in and make you feel colder than normal, which is something you’d want to avoid. It’s also a good idea to invest in waterproof socks that would wick away any wetness and prevent your feet from getting cold.
This implies covering up your hands and feet as they tend to get cold the fastest. Wearing gloves and socks is the easiest way to do so. It is also advisable that you never forget to cover your hands up as they can become swollen or develop painful chilblains if the weather is too cold.
Running in the cold can dry out your throat pretty quickly and also causes you to get dehydrated faster than usual. It’s a good idea to drink water along the way to make sure you don’t end up with a cold and dry throat. Additionally, this is a great time to practice breathing in through your nose instead of your mouth as that will comparatively reduce the dryness in your throat.
It’s always a good idea to cover your head and ears when it’s cold outside, as this will reduce the chances of you catching a cold. Make sure you wear a light woolen cap that reaches down to your ears as this will help keep your body warmer even if your other clothing is not too warm
Here’s a quick recap of everything you need to remember when running in the winter:
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