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Tips for Running in the Winter

Tips for Running in the Winter

Shorter, colder and wetter days can only mean one thing for runners – a serious lack of motivation! 

There is nothing worse than facing into a cold, wet winters evening run. Running into a sharp wind in damp runners
is not our idea of fun either! And while it hasn’t snowed yet, we decided to pool together all of our top tips for running in the winter. Check them out below.

  1. Layer your clothing. Wear thin layers so you can add or remove clothing as needed. Ensure you wear synthetic fibers an not cotton.  It holds moisture and will keep you wet.  Synthetic fibers will wick away the sweat and damp from the rain.

  2. If possible, warm-up inside to get your blood flowing without breaking a sweat. This way your body will be ready to go when you get outside.

  3. Protect your face, head, and hands.  nike.jpgWear gloves, ear warmers or a winter hat.  About 40% of your body heat is lost through your head, so ensure you keep warm by keeping a hat on your head at all times. Snoods are also brilliant for protecting your face – they act as a scarf and face protector. Most good sports shops will have a wide range of hats and snoods to suit all types of exercise.

  4. Try to start your run into the wind and have it at your back for the second half of your run.  Starting your run into the wind may sound daunting but running into the wind after you’ve broken a sweat will only make you colder. This way your body temperature should not change too much during the run.

  5. Don’t forget to drink plenty of water.  You’re still sweating and need to replenish your fluids both in the lead up to and after your run.

  6. Make sure that at least one person is aware of your plans and running route. If you don’t arrive home as expected, they’ll recognize that you’re missing and know where to look for you. You can never be too sure in these dark winter evenings.

  7. Additionally you can run shorter loops. Running multiple laps of a short course, rather than one longer loop ensures that you’ll never be far from home in the event of an emergency. Running a short course also ensures that you won’t be heading into bad weather for an extended period of time, which, aside from being extremely unpleasant, can significantly lower your body temperature.
  8. Due to the decrease in daylight hours, it’s more likely that you’ll be running in the dark during the winter. Make sure you wear light-coloured, reflective clothing so that you can easily be seen by oncoming vehicles.

  9. Be careful rounding corners and when you try to change direction with ice underfoot. Make sure you go WinterRunning.gifvery slowly when turning corners and be very careful on icy surfaces. Don’t worry about losing fitness by running a bit slower; the main goal is to get through the run without pulling a muscle or injuring yourself in a fall.

  10. Change out of your sweaty clothes immediately after your run, so your body can start to warm up. You should also go for a hot shower soon after you return from your run.

Winter is also the time of year when our immune systems might not be at their strongest. Revive Active Original helps to support a healthy immune system that can keep you running all winter long!


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