If you are new to the world of running, you may be yet to discover how different it is in the summer than it is to running in the winter. After all, when it gets colder there are many new things to take into consideration, aside from the fact that it’s likely to be a little unpleasant! However, once you get over the fact that it’s a bit chilly, a morning run is one of the best things you can do for your body! Here are a few tips for running when it’s cold…
Wear the right clothing
During the warmer months the only thing you need is a pair of shorts and a t-shirt, however running in winter requires some covering up. It is wise to invest in some thermal socks and running gloves in order to keep your limbs nice and warm. In addition to this, swap out those shorts for some purposeful running tights. It is also important to remember that as you run you will heat up so whilst it may very well be cold at the start you will want to avoid putting on too many layers.
Wear the right footwear
Winter comes with the added risk of ice and that means that more runners tend to visit the hospital after slipping because they weren’t wearing the right footwear. In order to prevent yourself joining the list you should always assess the safety of the footpath before running as it may be safer to avoid running that day. In addition to this, you should choose footwear that has grips so that it can cling to the unstable surfaces.
When it gets colder it also gets darker much earlier and whilst your 6pm run may have taken place during sunlight in summer, winter means that it now takes place in darkness. In order to run safely amongst the vehicles, you should ensure that you wear the appropriate visibility clothing that comes in reflective bright colours.
At Fitness Training Solutions we like to ensure that every client is able to brace the cold of winter head on without worrying about how it will affect their running. After all, people who take part in running events cannot afford to miss training no matter the weather! For more information, speak to a member of the team today!