Once the weather gets colder, many people switch their outside runs to the treadmill or lose motivation to work out all together, especially when it’s snowing or icy outside. But cold and snowy weather doesn’t mean that you can’t still run outside. While running in the snow has its own set of obstacles, it doesn’t mean it can’t be done. Here’s how to safely run in the snow.
Make Sure Your Shoes Have Tread
While running in the snow, you’re at a greater risk for slipping than on dry surfaces. Before heading out for a run, check the tread on your shoes and make sure they’re not worn out.
Wear Warm Clothes
Wear wool socks, a scarf, hat, and gloves to keep the heat contained within your body. You don’t want to overdo it by wearing too many layers because as you run, your body will warm up and you’ll sweat which will make your clothes wet, and that can put you at risk for hypothermia.
Have a Longer Warm-Up
In the cold, your muscles will take longer to warm up, so make extra time for your warm-up.
Be Mindful of Ice
Try and stay on high terrain and avoid low spots where water tends to pool and can turn into ice.
Warm-Up When You’re Done
After you’re finished running, you need to warm your body up as soon as possible. Change out of your running gear and sip on a hot beverage to warm up.