Run your best despite the colder weather!
Increase warm-up time
Given the temperature, your body is colder and your muscles are tighter. With this, you should make it a point to give more time to warming-up. Other than walking for 5 minutes as a pre-warm up, add 5 more minutes of brisk walking, and then another 5 minutes for a slow jog before commencing your regular pace.
Don’t use too many layers of clothing
You need protection from the cold, however, consider the fact that you will heat up very quickly once you start your run so don’t bundle up too much! Go for layers that will keep you comfortable but would give a slight chill at the start, so that later on there will still be enough room for your body to ‘breathe’. Some runners use the 25-degree rule wherein they add 25 degrees more to the current temperature and ask themselves: “What would I wear for a walk outside in that temperature?”
Wear a beanie and put on running gloves
With the cold, avoid letting your fingers get too frosty and keep your head + ears warm. But don’t get bulky running gloves. Should you ever start to get too warm while running, both the beanie and the gloves will be easy to take off and be tucked into your pockets. (If the beanie won’t do it, you can use a balaclava).
Choose wool socks
But still keep them relatively thin or else it will be a tight fit with your shoes. If your whole lower limbs still feel chilly, try to get some knee socks to have better warmth.
Join a gym
If you’re not a fan of the cold. Sign up at your local gym, bring your music and continue your running plan! However, don’t use the treadmill too much because as we have already discussed, you need variation.
Don’t forget to hydrate!
It might be colder but that doesn’t mean you’re free from dehydration. In fact, the likelihood of dehydration becomes higher in colder weather! This is because the air becomes drier and your lungs have to work harder. Given the temperature, it’s better to have warm or room temperature drinks since it’s better at keeping your internal heat optimal. To better handle your running fuel, come and own an Adalid Gear Hydration Belt NOW!
Don’t skip on sunscreen
Even if the sun is visibly out, it’s not an excuse for you to skip on your sunscreen. Make sure to apply it and put on some lip balm too to keep your lips from chapping from the cold.
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