Jogging in Winter
"Remember to SUIT UP to keep warm FIRST before your start jogging in winter!"
Read on before start your jog on a cold winter's day.
When jogging in winter, adjust your time to take advantage of the warmest part of a winter's day.
Plan your jog at mid-day when the sun is high up.
Unlike jogging in warm weather, it is best to avoid the early mornings and the late afternoons to begin your jog.
Also, do not start jogging too late in the day as the weather will certainly grow colder.
Do you warm up and cool down religiously?
A good warm up is even more crucial when jogging in winter so as to avoid injuries. Cold weather causes even stiffer muscles and takes longer to get going.
Dress warmly in layers and you can take out each layer of clothing as you start to feel warm. Start by brisk walking when outside and break into a jog within 10 minutes.
At the end of your jog, start walking until you get home. Do not do your cool down session in the wet clothes that you are wearing. Towel off and change into a fresh dry clothes and do a 20 minutes cool down session.
Then, take a shower immediately and dress warmly at the end of your work-out session.
Rehydrate, Rehydrate, Rehydrate!
Remember to drink up! All those extra layers of clothing will make you sweat even more. General rule of thumb is to drink sufficiently before and after your jogs and in-between too.
Oh...that cold, cold WIND!
How do you "battle" the cold wind so that you don't end up getting wet and suffering from frostbite while running in a wind?
Determine in which direction the wind is blowing and head against the wind at the start of your jog.
It will give you resistance and as you're fresh and filled with energy, you will be better equipped to jog against the wind.
As you head back, you will be tired and possibly cold and wet, so jogging with the wind at your back will push you along.
Jogging in Snow
It is extremely dangerous to jog in the snow or ice if you don't know what you're doing.
My advice is to avoid thick snow and slush and limit your jogging to a proper jogging track, parking lot or on pavement.
Do not run on the streets especially if visibility is poor. You may not see oncoming traffic and a driver's vision is also impaired in foggy weather.
Walk instead of jogging or running. Take shorter strides, look where you are going/stepping and make sure your foot lands firmly on the ground.
A little snow provides good traction but too much may cause injury and exaggerated muscle strain.
So, jog with care in snow and if in doubt, just brisk walk!
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