This winter, perhaps more than ever, a safe and thoughtful approach to outdoor exercise will be essential to your mental and physical health. Winter running and walking are fun, effective, economical ways to stay fit, boost your immunity and improve overall health!
There are many advantages to winter running/walking:
Striking visual landscapes
Clear physiologic benefits to your body with improved immune response to many viral illnesses
Less fluids requirements allow for easier run planning
Easily build a base of miles that will jump start your spring training.
These are some of the tips we recommend to winter runners:
Set goals for yourself. Consider mileage goals or even a virtual race!
Find a partner or running/walking group to keep you accountable.
Many runners worry about the weather interfering with training. Except for icy conditions, winter weather should not impede your training. Some of our favorite runs take place in snow, and with the proper gear it is easy to be comfortable running in single digit temperatures. If you absolutely cannot get outside, consider a treadmill run or some cross training.
Tips on winter running gear:
Avoid wearing cotton
Avoid overdressing and potentially overheating
Dress in layers based upon temperature and wind
Here is our list of essential winter running gear (i.e. what to ask Santa for).