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Stay Warm for Cold Weather Running

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Athletes and fitness enthusiasts are used to working out during the most extreme conditions, whether they're playing sports in a storm or running outside in the winter. While people always manage to find a way to enjoy their physical pursuits during less-than-ideal circumstances, there are certain measures that must be taken to ensure that they remain as healthy as possible during their workout. 

These steps are especially important for athletes going for a quick jog in the cold weather. Next time you gear up for your mid-morning run, keep these tips in mind. 

Layer Up
Your running shorts and breezy tees were perfect for the summer, but since the temperatures have steadily dropped, these clothing items don't provide the same benefits they once did. You'll still be running and working up a sweat, so you don't have to pile on three T-shirts and sweatpants, but you should strategically pile on thermal layers to keep your body safe from chills. Runner's World magazine created a list of which clothing items should be worn for specific temperatures, indicating that thermal long-sleeved shirts, tights and caps are essentials for any cold run.

Stretch First
Warming up before a workout is important regardless of what exercises you're completing, but it's especially crucial for those you complete in the cold. Stretching, jogging in place and other cardio workouts can get the blood pumping before a run, which in turn can keep the body warm and prevent other potentially dangerous conditions, like hypothermia.

Take It Slow
Don't feel pressured to get your run done quickly just because it's cold outside - in fact, according to New York Road Runners, keeping a steady, even pace is the best way to keep your body consistently warm and prevent the cold from further harming your body. This can prevent joints from stiffening, as well as provide the muscles with more consistent movement.

Cool Down
The steps you take following your run are equally as important as those you take before and during. After returning back to your home, stretch again - these cooldowns are crucial for further improving blood flow and flexibility, as well as preventing your body from getting blasted by warmer temperatures inside. To stay warm and prevent pain from further hampering movement, use a heating pad that can be strapped to your back, such as the Body Shaped Heating Pad with Hot and Cold Pack