NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) – Temperatures are plummeting, and if you’re still enjoying your outdoor runs, make sure to follow health & fitness expert Bianca Jade’s tips for cold runs.
- Layer in moisture wicking clothes, you can always take something off and wrap around your waist.
- Reflective heat warming accessories provide warmth without the bulk.
- Know that your body will heat up on its own once you get into your run. So you might be able to run in shorts quite comfortable or a thin run legging or pant. If you do run in shorts, use warming merino wool compression socks from CEP Compression as they will both keep your feet dry and warm from the moisture wicking compression.
- Make sure to wear sneakers with trail running traction because they provide more of grip on surfaces that freeze, get slippery or even crunchy (half frozen, half melting).
- Make sure to have a safety wearable on you. When it’s cold, your body has a slower reaction time because your joints are stiffer and it’s harder to breathe at extreme temperatures. A safety wearable gives you confidence and a weapon or alert system that you can use against an unforeseeable attacker.
- Water is always important to have on you no matter how cold it is. Check out the grippable water bottles because they’re easy to hold onto or connect to your clothing if you want to be hands-free.
- When it comes to stretching, it’s important to warm up first and run for a little. Give it about 10 minutes until you stretch so your muscles and ligaments are nice and warmed up before you do any kind of stretching. In cold weather your ligaments are like hard noodles, not soft boiled noodles.
- Massage is critical before and after training runs so massaging your muscles before a run helps to start that warming up process. You can use a cream like MyPainAway that is all natural to relieve any sort of sports muscle tension and provide relief. Break out a foam roller or just do some basic rolling on a mat on the floor. Roll up into a ball and roll out your back. The lotion combined with massage is a good way to get your body ready for an intense run.
- Lather your body in Vaseline because even though it’s cold outside, you will sweat. And if you don’t have a nice slippery coating on your body, your skin will get sticky and your clothing will rub against your skin in a very irritating way causing chafing.
Bianca Jade founded Mizzfit.com in 2009 as a destination for women to get excited about health, fitness and wellness. Since 2009, Bianca has been traveling the country reporting on the latest and greatest active lifestyle and beauty trends for women. Learn more at www.Mizzfit.com