Sometimes our temperatures fall overnight and our daily routines are turned upside down. One day you’re taking a brisk run in leggings and a quarter-zip and before you know it, it’s below freezing. We all know running in colder weather is no fun but you may not want to power up the treadmill, either. However, instead of falling back into bad habits and skipping your morning run, we’ve got some tips to help shield you when running in colder weather.
You’re going to warm up once you get moving, so you should feel a little bit chilly when you start your run. If you’re warm and comfortable when you first start, you’re going to get really sweaty, really quick. A good rule of thumb is to dress as if it’s 20 degrees warmer outside than it really is. If you really can’t handle being a little cold, warm up inside with some jumping jacks or other exercises before you start running!
Cover Your Head
When it’s really cold, wear a face mask or a scarf over your mouth to warm the air you breathe and protect your face. Wearing a hat will prevent head loss throughout your head so it can keep the rest of your body warm, too!
Start Your Run Into the Wind
As miserable as this sounds, it’s 100% worth it. If you head out into the wind, it will be at your back at the end of your workout. That’s preferable to running into the wind during the second half of your run when you’re sweaty and could catch a chill.
Despite the cold weather, believe it or not, you’ll lose fluids through sweat. Cold air also has a drying effect, which can increase the risk of dehydration. Make sure you drink at least one water or sports drink before, during, and after your run.
It’s best to avoid running in the dark but, if you have to run at night, make sure you grab some reflective gear and light-colored clothing. Dress in bright colors if you’re running during the daytime or in the snow. Drivers may not expect to see runners out on the road or in crosswalks during the winter, so you need to make sure they see you.
Remember Sunscreen and Lip Protection
Sunburn is still possible in the winter as the sun’s radiation isn’t any less due to lower temperatures. Also, snow reflects the sun’s rays, exposing you from another angle. Don’t forget lip balm! You’re fighting sunburns and also chapped lips.
And in a few simple steps, you’re all set for your next run. Running in colder weather may not be at the top of your bucket list, but that doesn’t mean you have to be miserable, either. What are some of your favorite ways to stay warm running in colder weather? Leave your comments below!