Jogging In Winter

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Jogging Health Information 2012

Safely Jogging In Winter

Winter is not exactly the best time to go outside, but jogging in winter is still very much a big part of the fitness regimen of many committed health enthusiasts and athletes. We all have a tendency to lounge around when the weather is cold, and doing that can easily cause us to pack extra poundage. With these tips on jogging in winter, we can manage to stay healthy and fit despite the cold weather.

Obviously, jogging in winter is not the same as jogging in hot weather. There are more than a few important considerations to make certain your winter jogs remain pleasant and productive and not a fruitless bout with the biting cold.

1. Pick your winters carefully. By that, we mean, be realistic with your pre-conditions for jogging in winter. If it does get too cold, forget going outside and jog indoors instead. It is for these moments that treadmills or indoor jogging tracks become your fitness best friends.

2. If your winters are mild enough to allow you to go out, make sure to wear the appropriate clothing for running in the cold. Layer up with thermals, sweats, light pants, jackets, gloves, a hat or a bonnet, and even a scarf where necessary. If you do not protect yourself adequately, staying fit could be the last of your worries because your risk of sustaining an injury such as a pulled muscle or frostbite might cut you off from further running for an indefinite period.

3. Pick the color of your clothing properly. Most thermals will be in darker shades, but wear something colorful to improve your visibility. White and black blend well with the surroundings and you might not be spotted by an oncoming truck driver if you have full black and whites on.

4. Beyond the layers of clothing and winter suitable materials that they should be made from, you will also need other accessories like moisturizers, sun block, and lip balm all with suitable SPF rating for UV protection.

5. Plan your routes properly. Try not to do anything too adventurous. If possible, stay on roads that are most likely plowed. Limit your trail runs to those that are readily accessible. At the very least, find a running route where you can be easily spotted by people or traffic if you should slip and fall or have other problems.

6. Do not try to break ground with your winter workouts. This means you should not expect to do a giant leap in your conditioning and performance by jogging in winter. These routines are only meant to break the monotony of indoor running as well as acclimate your body to colder weather incase the next local marathon requires you to run in cold conditions.

7. With shorter days and longer nights, adjust your running habits accordingly. Do not run when it’s too dark as reduced visibility and sub-freezing temperatures will surely limit the effectiveness of the run anyway. Run when there is light and snow is not heavy so you can maximize your workouts without exposing yourself to unnecessary harm.

Jogging in winter can be a fun workout but it requires extensive preparation and care to pull off. Do not take jogging in winter lightly; rather, make sure you take all the necessary precautions to put yourself in the best shape and safe condition possible. Your goal is to get out and maintain fitness and by keeping that goal clearly in your mind, you should be able to reign in all the competitive juices in preparation for fast and long runs in the spring.