Safety Tips for Running in Winter
Despite the cold, plenty of runners
take to the roads during the winter months as it’s a great
way to get some mood-boosting and calorie-burning, outdoor exercise
during a period when most of our time is spent indoors. But as
the days get shorter and the weather gets colder, you’re
likely to be running in the dark and dealing with adverse weather
conditions. Here are some handy tips from the experts at SportsShoes.com
to keep you safe and comfortable when running in winter.
Wear high viz clothing
Be seen or be, well, squashed potentially. If you do run in the
dusk or dark during winter months, it’s important other
road users can see you out of the corner of their eyes to avoid
nasty accidents. Although most running
shoes and some running clothing can contain reflective parts,
high viz clothing really is a must if you want to be seen to be
Don’t be a victim
Running alone in the dark brings another potential danger of
setting yourself up as a victim to malicious individuals. For
that reason, try to run with a buddy, tell someone when and where
you are running, vary your routes and avoid deserted areas. Taking
a mobile phone and some money is always a good idea too, in case
you need to be picked up or take a bus home.
Stay warm and dry
Layering your running clothing is key in colder months, as it
means you can start fully clothed and take off layers to avoid
sweating too much and losing vital body heat. You’ll warm
up quite quickly, so if you’re leaving the house toasty
warm you’ve probably got too much on – it’s
best to start off feeling slightly chilly. A long-sleeved running
top and running tights topped off with a wind-proof running jacket
is a good starting point. For really cold days, you can also wear
a hat and gloves. The key to staying warm and dry is to go for
light-weight, breathable, windproof and waterproof fabrics that
wick moisture away from your body.
Beware of snow and ice
Although running in the snow can be a magical experience, beware
of the potential hazards lurking underneath. Opt for fresher,
softer snow and avoid anything too hard-packed or icy. While running
outside has more mood-boosting value than indoor exercise, you
can weather-proof your winter running by investing in a treadmill.
You can buy a decent one for around £100 from eBay, so if
you have the space this may be a worthy investment!
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