7 tips for continuing to run in winter

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If you’re an enthusiastic runner then you’ll want to run day and night, no matter what the weather. Whilst it would be amazing to be able to go out and run every single day, the cold weather during the winter means that it’s just not possible unless you’re super prepared.

You may have to miss out a couple of days due to storms and snow, but if you prepare well enough in advance then you’ll be able to continue to run throughout winter. To help, here are 7 handy tips:

  1. Dress For Warmer Weather

Although it may feel as though you don’t need to wear warmer clothes as the exercise will keep you warm, it’s incredibly important you dress for the weather. In extreme cases, temperatures can be below zero so invest in some decent thermal workout gear and you should feel much more comfortable on your winter runs.

  1. Run With A Buddy Or In A Group

With extreme weather conditions making it more unsafe to go outside running, finding a buddy or group of people to run with is a great way to ensure there is always somewhere there in case of emergency. If you don’t know anyone that wants to run with you, trying searching for local running clubs in your area.

  1. Run Later In The Morning Or Earlier At Night

During winter mornings and evenings are much darker than they would be in the summer. Not only does this mean it will be colder during those times, but it’s also much harder to run as you can’t see where you’re going and other people can’t see you (to a certain extent). Try running later in the morning and earlier at night when it’s lighter and much safer.

  1. Wear Reflective Clothing

If you are going to be running in the dark, invest in some reflective clothing that makes it much easier for other runners and motorists to see you in low light.

  1. Take Extra Time To Warm Up

With the cold weather, it’s really important to take extra time to warm your body up. Not warming up properly could result in an injury that in the long run could result in having to have surgery.

Often not being warmed up results in a bad fall, which in many cases leads to people breaking bones or people with existing injuries needing things like carpal tunnel surgery.

  1. Keep Hydrated

When the weather is much colder it is easy to forget to keep hydrated, despite the fact it is just as important as it is in summer. Take a bottle of water with you that will encourage you to stay hydrated as you run.

  1. If All Else Fails, Hit The Treadmill

If you find that running during the winter is too much for you, you can always opt for running on a treadmill. It’s not quite the same but it’s a great way to continue your hobby in harsh weather conditions.

Do you love running? Let me know if you use any of these tips in the comment section below.

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