When you have the right winter running gear, cold weather will no longer be a challenge. Here are the best cold-weather gear and tips to stay warm.
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Running in cold weather
As long as you have the right winter running gear and layer to stay warm, running in cold weather is possible. However, you don’t overdress because it can get too hot and uncomfortable as you run.
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If you layer properly, you’ll be warm and comfortable throughout your entire run. On the flip-side, it’s possible to get injured or sick if you don’t layer well.
Chilblains, trench foot, and hypothermia are three serious conditions that can occur when you’re not layered well enough (Source: UW Health).
Note: Wear reflective gear or a headlamp because it ensures that others, especially drivers, can see you.
By layering well, winter running can benefit you. Running in the cold can benefit you in ways that running in warm weather can’t.
According to Dr. Tenforde, “In colder temperatures, your heart doesn’t have to work as hard, you sweat less, and expend less energy, all of which means you can exercise more efficiently.”
A more efficient workout is an attractive aspect of running in the cold.
When is it too cold?
It’s possible to be too cold to run outside. According to UW Health, you should switch to indoor running if the temperature falls below zero degrees Fahrenheit. If the temperature is below 32 degrees Fahrenheit and you choose to run outside, do so with caution.
Winter running gear
The following are the essential items you need for running in cold weather:
Frequently asked questions
What’s the best way to warm-up?
When it’s cold outside, do a thorough warm-up indoors. This will ensure that you loosen your muscles and joints before stepping out into the cold.
Can I wear regular running shoes in the cold?
During the colder seasons, avoid running on roads with snow and ice. If you do, wear shoes that have good traction to prevent you from slipping and socks that’ll keep your feet dry.
Is it better to run indoors during the winter?
For safety reasons, yes it’s better to run indoors. However, a study by Environmental Science and Technology has shown that running outdoors has a greater benefit to your physical and mental well-being than running indoors.
How does wind affect winter running?
Wind can make you feel colder than it actually is, so it’s important to use a windbreaker or add another layer (Source: UW Health).
By wearing the right clothing, you can run in the cold comfortably. However, if the temperature drops below freezing, be extra cautious. It may be worth staying indoors and running on the treadmill instead.
Additional fitness resources
Want to learn more about running or fitness? The following are a few more resources:
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