Whether you regular run is first thing in the morning or in the evening, at this time of year you are likely to be running in the cold and dark. The Low Wood Bay fitness instructors have put together five top tips for winter running.
Pre run. Make sure you warm up. Move around enough to get the blood flowing without breaking a sweat. Ease into your run, starting slowly to warm your muscles up, or warm up inside before you leave by doing some exercises like skipping, jogging on the spot or running up and down your stairs a few times.
Post run. Don’t stop to stretch outside as your body temperature will soon plummet. Instead, reduce your pace slightly into a jog, or walk for 5 minutes to help recover from your run. To avoid getting chills, change your clothes head to toe as soon as you can.
Wear Reflective, fluorescent gear. Carry a flashlight or wear a head torch. Try to stay on footpaths and in well-lit areas. Don’t run anywhere you don’t feel safe.
You want to be warm without sweating so much you get a chill
Dress as if it is 20 degrees warmer. You should be slightly cooler when you start. Consider wearing lightweight layers of breathable clothing that take away sweat. Protect your hands, feet and head so your body heat doesn’t escape.
If you need extra motivation to go running during the winter, why not go running with a friend and make your runs a regular fixture? There’s no wimping out when you’ve agreed to meet someone.
Another option is to join a local running club or group
Despite the cold weather you will still lose fluids through sweat. Cold air also has a drying effect which can increase risk of dehydration. Make sure you drink a lot of fluids before and after your run.
We know all about the effort it takes to maintain your fitness programme through the winter months. To get inspired and motivated to keep going, pop in and chat to one of fitness team at The Health Club at Low Wood Bay, or give us a call to find out more about our classes and programmes, 015394 39344.