Now that the weather is cooling down and the hours of daylight are shrinking, you may be tempted to trade your outdoor run in for a jog on the treadmill. But not so fast! Sure, it's a bit brisk out, but running in cold weather can be comfortable and totally fun. You just have to follow these running in the cold tips...
5 Tips for Running in Cold Weater
1. Wear warm socks. So many running shoes are designed to let heat escape from your feet. While that may be awesome in summer, this time of year it can make your tootsies chilly. Keep your feet warm by putting on a pair of thicker socks.
2. Dress in layers. When you first start your run, you'll probably be pretty cool. But after a few minutes, your body should quickly warm up. That's why it's important to wear layers, so that you can take pieces off as you heat up. Wear a jacket that you can later tie around your waist, and wear gloves that you can safely stash in your jacket pockets.
3. Consider throwing on a scarf. Many don't like to run when the temps drop because the cooler, drier air hurts their lunges or throats. Combat this by wearing a scarf. The moisture from your own breath keeps the air more humid and therefore easier to breathe.
4. Watch where you step. While there may not be ice and snow on the ground yet (or maybe there is, depending on where you live!), it's always a good idea to run in areas that are well lit and where you know the terrain. Slipping or falling is never fun!
5. Ease into it. Just like anything, your body adapts to colder weather over time. So if you start running in the cooler fall weather now, it's likely that the cold weather temps will be more bearable this winter!
Do you run in cooler weather? Winter weather? Tell us about it!
Jennipher Walters is the CEO and co-founder of the healthy living websites FitBottomedGirls.com and FitBottomedMamas.com. A certified personal trainer, lifestyle and weight management coach and group exercise instructor, she also holds an MA in health journalism and regularly writes about all things fitness and wellness for various online publications.