If you’re dedicated enough to your fitness routine, you won’t let a little cold air during the winter months slow you down. Still, it can be even harder to work up the willpower to go for a run when you know that piles of snow and icy winds are waiting for you outside. If you have someone to run with, you’ll find it easier and safer to go out for a run during the darkest and coldest months of the year. However, if you choose to run on your own for whatever reason, be sure to follow these four important tips to keep your runs safe and effective.
Stick To The Paths You Know The Best
While it’s true that keeping a variety of running paths in your arsenal is a good idea in order to prevent boredom and fatigue during your exercises, the harsh winter months simply create too many burdens to allow for too many unknown elements during your run. Stay concentrated on the running paths that you are most familiar with, especially the ones with lots ofopen space and plenty of lighting, whether it be from a natural or artificial source. Until the sun stays out longer, do your best to avoid the routes that are dark, narrow, and isolated, for your own safety.
Wear The Proper Gear
As roads pile up with snow or freeze over, it’s important for you to wear the right type of running shoes to keep safe on the trail. Opt to use a pair of trail-running and rough terrain sneakers on icy roads, since the harsh weather conditions of winter should be considered to cause rugged terrain. The better traction your shoes have, the less likely you are to slip, trip, or fall. It’s also a good idea to invest in brightly colored clothes to keep you visible during the darkest months of the year.
Bring Your Wallet Just In Case
As brave as it is of you to power through poor weather conditions to continue your fitness routine, you’ll want to bring your identification card, phone, and some cash with you on your runs in case the weather gets too harsh and you decide you need to take a bus or taxi back home. Don’t feel bad if this happens; remember, your safety is just as important as your health.
Run Against Traffic
This may sound counter intuitive, but it is the best way to run during dim early morning or late night hours. When you’re able to see the cars coming towards you, you can be more readily prepared should you need to take any sort of defensive action.
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