Warm Up Your Muscles
Just like you do in the summer, it is important to ensure your body is warmed up before beginning a workout. Before you step outside to brave the cold weather, it is important to do a few simple stretches or warm-up workouts to prepare your muscles for your upcoming run. It can be as simple as doing a few squats or jumping jacks, or a calming morning stretch. But it is always important to get your muscles warm before you hit the ground running.
Keep an Eye On Your Body in Cold Weather
When it is hot out, it is important to make sure you are staying hydrated and keeping yourself from overheating. But it is just as important to listen to your body when running in cold weather as it is in hot weather. Even if you are not sweating as much when running in the cold, your body still needs to stay hydrated - even if you don’t feel thirsty yet.
There is such a thing as too cold. Before you head outside, check the weather to make sure you will be safe on your run. This means letting yourself be okay with turning around if your extremities feel too cold. It is always smart to give yourself a temperature threshold so you don’t risk running below a temperature that is too cold. Experts recommend limiting time outdoors if temperatures get into the negative.
Get the Right Cold Weather Gear
No workout is complete without the right gear. As the temperature goes down. That means it is time to bundle up. Thermal tops and pants are a great base layer to get on before getting outside in cold weather.
After addressing your body, it’s time to focus on your extremities. A good pair of thermal gloves and socks will help keep your hands and feet warm. Speaking of feet - how is the ground looking beneath your feet? If you plan to run after a snowfall or freeze, it is important to get spikes or grips that will help you keep from falling or slipping on ice.
To top off your winter run, it is important to keep your head warm. The colder it is, the more you want to protect as much of your face as possible with a hat, earmuffs, a facemask, or even a scarf.