Now that we’re firmly in the cold grip of winter, it can be incredibly difficult to lace up those running shoes and battle the elements. However, with a little encouragement and self-determination, winter running can be a mentally invigorating exercise that can help you keep additional Christmas weight at bay. Here are our top three tips on running through the winter:
Winter may be a time of festive cheer and cosy evenings by the fire, but the long stretch of dark nights, gloomy weather and freezing temperatures are enough to dampen anyone’s mood. If you’ve come down with a severe case of the winter blues, the first step you should take is improving your diet. Oily fish like salmon, mackerel and herring are all excellent sources of a vitamin D: something we sorely lack in the winter due to the lack of sunlight.
However, this advice doesn’t do you much good if you don’t like seafood. Instead, you might benefit from taking a regular vitamin supplement. Pharma Nord has a wide variety of vitamin D and omega-3 supplements that can improve your health and mood.
The limited amount of daylight during the winter means that it very likely you’ll be running in the dark. If that’s the case, make sure you make yourself visible to other pedestrians and vehicles by wearing reflective clothing and lights.
Plan your route in advance and tell a friend or family member where you’ll be going. Try to stick to well-lit areas and avoid deserted sections of the country. If you were to trip and hurt yourself, you’ll want to have help close to hand.
Dressing for the winter isn’t just about throwing a hundred layers on. Yes, you may feel cold to start off with, but you’ll soon warm up and start to sweat if you’re too covered up.
A base layer is the best place to start. It will move the moisture away from your body and prevent the oncoming chill. Where cotton becomes soggy with sweat, a base layer will capture the moisture and move it away from your body.
Gloves and a hat are also essential for winter running. If you get too warm, simply take them off and give yourself a couple of minutes to vent. For further advice on the type of clothing you’ll need, read this helpful article on TheRunningShop.uk.com.