Don’t let your fitness suffer this winter. We all prefer to stay inside where it’s warm and cosy. But, the long winter months spent indoors, in near hibernation state, take its toll on your fitness level and your waistline! Sure, you could use a treadmill at home or the gym if you really have to. But, there’s plenty of reasons to rather get out outdoors and get some kilometres under your belt.
If you haven’t ever tried winter training before, or you need some motivation to brace yourself and get out there this winter, here’s some of our tips for running in winter.
Dress the Part
Wear the right running clothes when it’s chilly outside. It will make all the difference in motivating you to go for your run. Feeling good and looking cute goes a long way in motivating you to take on the weather outside.
Wear multiple layers you can remove easily. Choose a top with moisture wicking properties for your first layer and go for warmer clothing over that. Just don’t restrict your movement with anything too thick and bulky.
You lose most of your body heat through your head and hands. So wear a hat and gloves. Make sure they’re not too bulky, so you can pocket them easily or tuck them into your waistband.
Resist the temptation to wear a thick pair of socks to keep your feet warm. The wrong socks, much like the wrong shoes, can cause painful blisters. Get a pair of thin, breathable, wool running socks. They’ll keep your toes warm, even when they’re wet.
Ladies, running shoes are vital. Running in the wrong shoes will put you in a world of blisters and pain. On top of being cold! You don’t want to cancel your winter fitness after the first run.
Just because it’s a bit drab outside, doesn’t mean you have to dress drab too. In fact, experts advise runners to wear brighter colours when they run in winter. The daylight hours are shorter and dawn and dusk come quick. Also, sticking to a well-lit route makes it easier to see and be seen so you can avoid any danger.
Best thing about running in winter, aside from keeping fit for when summer returns, beating the bulge! Running in cold weather actually burns more calories than running when it’s nice outside. Your body uses more energy trying to regulate your body’s temperature. Even breathing cold air, your body will warm the air before it’s absorbed. So now, you can indulge in those carb-heavy comfort foods we all love so much and not feel a stich of guilt!