Running in Winter
Many people think that running outside in Winter is a crazy idea. On the contrary, it is a great idea! It’s nice and cool, running tracks aren’t overcrowded and there are many clothing options to keep you warm. You will also leap into the Summer months feeling fit and ready to go. Here are a few tips to help you run through the cold winter months:
- Set yourself a goal – whether it be to run a certain number of km’s each week, enter a race or run a distance in a certain time, having a goal will help you stay motivated and focused.
- Warm up – take extra time to warm up. Your body takes longer to warm up in the cold weather, even more so when running in the morning. Walk for 5-10mins before you start to run. Think about putting your clothes under the heater for a few minutes before you put them on – this will help keep your muscles warm.
- Find people to run with – running with people is a great motivator in itself. Committing to a set time with other people will help you get out in the cold. Running with people is fun, social and safe.
- Dress accordingly – winter running is all about layers. You might need to start with a jacket, but during the run you may want to take it off and put it in your pocket. Wear tights instead of shorts – this will help keep your legs warm. Also think about gloves, a headband or beanie and items that contain a reflective trim especially when you are running in the dark – it is important to be seen.
- Check out the great range of running apparel at Sub4 http://www.sub4.com.au/category/mens-running/ and http://www.sub4.com.au/category/womens-running/