How to Keep Running in Winter Months

Winter Running pic

Winter Running

Aetna’s executive director of human resources Tanya Taupier balances her demanding career, family life, and varied hobbies. When she finds time away from work, Tanya Taupier improves her body and mind through meditation, cross-training, and running.

For many people, running is rewarding all year long, but running can require a little extra motivation during cold winter months. As the weather begins to cool down once again, consider the following running tips to keep you going strong.

Try to run during the lightest and warmest parts of the day. Your body needs sunshine, and midday sun will help stave off the cold. Dressing appropriately can keep you warm as well. You will probably want to wear long sleeves and gloves, but do not overdress. Dress as if it is 20 degrees warmer outside than it really is.

Even if temperatures are pleasant, make sure you take extra time to warm up and cool down during the winter. Your muscles will be colder, and your circulation will need a little help to start moving faster. Toss your running clothes into a warm dryer for a few minutes before a run to warm you up quickly.

Most importantly, be extra careful as you run. Watch out for ice, and remember that hard surfaces will be even harder in cold weather. Shorten your stride, keep your feet low, and focus on form for an injury-free winter.


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