In the colder months, those who run regularly may feel deterred from going on their usual outdoor jogs.
But exercising outside during the chillier part of the year can be extremely beneficial for your wellbeing, providing you with an effective cardiovascular workout and a rush of endorphins.
When planning for a run during winter, it’s essential that you take certain precautions in order to ensure that you don’t put yourself in harm’s way.
Warming up before exercise is always important, but even more so when your muscles are at risk of becoming especially tight in low temperatures.
Furthermore, you may need to invest in reflective clothing if running during the early or late hours so that drivers on the road are aware of your whereabouts.
We spoke to several experts for their top tips on running during winter.
Here’s everything you need to know:
Dress for the occasion
One of the key items you should have in your workout wardrobe when preparing for outdoor winter exercise is a waterproof jacket, explains realbuzz running expert and former Great Britain competitor Louise Damen.
Not only will a waterproof jacket keep you dry if you get caught in the rain, but it’ll also provide you with insulation in all sorts of weather conditions.
Damen additionally suggests buying clothes such as tights or arm warmers in order to keep your body temperature at a sufficient level during runs.
“As the temperature begins to drop, it’s imperative to keep your muscles warm if you want them to work optimally,” she says.
“The most effective way to trap heat and to stay warm whilst facing the winter elements is to layer up. A base layer should draw moisture away from your skin to prevent you from feeling the chill.
“Compression type tops make ideal base layers as they are lightweight and fit snuggly.”
Damen advises wearing a hat to keep your head and ears nice and toasty.