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Winter Running: Staying Warm While Staying in Shape

Winter is a great time of year to go out for a run.

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If staying in shape is your resolution for 2015, it can certainly be a challenge to keep up with your exercise routine during the cold months. With the gyms packed out this time of year as other people try to fulfill their own resolutions, running outside may be your best option.
 
Winter running can be a whole lot of fun. The air keeps you cool, and when it snows you get a great soft surface that is easy on your legs. But with the cold weather comes the necessity to stay warm and stay safe out there.
 
Here are a few tips for those cold winter runs:
 
Run During the Day
We all know that it gets colder at night, so why wait until it’s dark to go for a run? Get your run in during the day for the warmest weather possible. Usually it’s warmest around noon or 1 p.m.
 
Wear Thin Layers
This is when your Under Armour will really come in handy. It’s important to keep all of your skin covered to avoid frostbite, and thin layers are less restrictive while keeping you protected.
 
Hats and Gloves
Our heads are very sensitive to changes in temperature, which is why wearing a hat is so important. Gloves are vital for avoiding frostbite on your fingers. Covering your face is difficult while running since it restricts breathing, but it’s not a bad idea to wear a scarf as well just in case you absolutely need to cover up your mouth and/or nose.
 
Be Cautious on Ice and Snow
Another great reason to run during the day is to avoid hidden patches of ice on the ground. While snow can provide a cushion for your feet, it can also be very slippery so make sure you slow down your pace and keep your footing. The last thing you need to do is injure yourself.
 
Start your Run Upwind
If you start running upwind, the wind will be at your back for the latter part of the run. This will help you avoid getting chilled after you start sweating.
 
Know the Signs of Frostbite and Hypothermia
See our article on winter safety for more information on being able to recognize these two dangers of winter.
 
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