7 Tips for Running in Cold Weather (and Liking It!)

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When the cold, wet winter weather hits, many of us would normally take our workouts indoors. However, with the restrictions due to COVID-19, most gyms and indoor workout facilities will likely remain closed for the coming months. That’s why running outside remains a good option, even in the winter. The key to successful winter running is to be prepared. Here are seven tips to make your winter runs more enjoyable.

Tip 3. Mind Your Shoe Choice.

Another question I get is whether it’s safe to run outside when it’s freezing cold. For starters, when there’s frost, ice, or snow, opt for footwear with good traction.

Choose trail shoes with grippy tread and enough material to keep your feet protected. Many shoes use weatherproof material to keep your feet warm and dry.

When it’s really snowy or icy, it’s a good idea to add even more traction to your shoes. Traction devices that slip over your shoes make running on slick surfaces safer.

Tip 4. Cover Your Head and Neck.

A lot of body heat escapes through our head, so cover it up to stay warm. A lightweight, moisture-wicking hat is the best option, especially as you start to sweat.

Headbands are fine when temperatures aren’t too low but you still want some coverage. Similarly, a neck-warmer or snood can add a lot of warmth on really chilly days. Sometimes covering your neck can make you feel warmer than adding another layer.