Running is a great way to keep in shape, but it certainly becomes a more challenging activity during the winter. If you plan on running during the winter, you’ll want to make sure to take extra precautions to ensure your safety. The following are a few essential cold weather running safety tips:
- Dressing in thin, wicking layers – You can’t run in thick layers of clothing so wear thin layers of polypropylene material, which will wick sweat away from your body. Don’t wear cotton since it holds moisture, thereby keeping you wet. Wear an outer layer of nylon to protect against the wind.
- Protect the hands and feet – To keep heat from escaping through your hands and feet, wear running gloves on mild days and mittens on cold days. Wear wool socks on your feet.
- Protect the head – Almost 40 percent of your body heat escapes from your head. To prevent heat loss while running, wear a hat. A scarf or face mask is a good idea as well if it’s especially cold.
- Use the treadmill – Always check the weather report. If the temperatures is below zero or the wind chill is below minus 20, then avoid running outside and hit the treadmill.
- Hydrate – You can get dehydrated just as easily in the winter as in the summer. Make sure that you are drinking plenty of water.