If you are one of those brave individuals who pushes themselves by running in the cold, here are a couple of key tips to keep in mind as the long winter months approach. When winter running be sure to:
-Wear clothing that wicks the moisture away from your body
-Wear good socks and running shoes that have good grip for ice and slush
-Set new goals. Winter running is a totally different ball game than summer running so you may want to set new goals such as, "I want to not worry about my time and just run an extra day per week".
-Wear a dry-fit hat or tuque
-Wear mittens (individual finger gloves may still keep your fingers cold
-void cotton materials
-Use vasaline wherever it is necessary. Dry winter air can dry out your skin.
-Wear reflective gear. Winter months have more dark than light times so be sure to have plenty of reflective running gear at your disposal
-Stay Hydrated. Even though it is cold, keeping hydrated is essential for weight maintenance.
Finally, if you are going to start winter running, do not wait until January 1st to do so, start today and get comfortable with the process before the holiday season approaches.