Cool Running

Snow's in the air again...but it shouldn't put a complete block on your running and exercising regimes.

Just be sensible about things...don't be tempted to risk blizzard conditions just because it's your 'running time'.

But snow on the ground rather than in the air shouldn't put you off. What you choose to wear is obviously of vital importance...and there are one or two guidelines to keep you safe as well..

Winter Woollies:

  • Don’t pile on the clothes  - shop around for base-layer clothes which soak up the sweat straight away. That’s the best way to keep dry and warm.
  • Wear the right footwear - make sure they’re absolutely waterproof and have good tread in case you’re on a slippery surface. If you’re running in heavy snow, try to stop it getting into the shoes.
  • Cover the extremities - wear something on your head and hands. Heat loss is always greater from the extremities.
  • Wear shades in clear weather - there’s nothing more irritating that squinting into bright sunshine, particularly if it’s bouncing off snow.

Stay Safe:

  • Keep drinking - you still sweat and that fluid needs to be replaced. Lukewarm water would be best to avoid upset stomachs.
  • Don’t go too far from home - stick to known routes preferably where you can easily meet other people in case of accident or injury.
  • Have an emergency kit to hand - take another light layer of clothing with you as well as your mobile.
  • Don’t increase the training - putting more pressure on your body in really cold weather is asking for problems so just maintain or even lower your training regime.

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