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Jogging in cold weather

Posted on Nov 05, 2018

It’s getting cold out there but that doesn’t mean you have to pack in the exercise. Going for a run can be great for your body and mind and although it might be a bit easier when the weather is more pleasant, you can still go for a jog when it’s a bit more chilly.

1. Wear the right clothing.

Shorts and a vest might not be a good call at this time of year. Layer up and cover those extremities. Be careful not to overcompensate, though; your body will heat up as you run so take that into account. The ground may be slick or icy so it’s important to also wear appropriate shoes.

2. Time your run.

Try to get your run in around midday as this will generally be the warmest part of the day.

3. Warm up.

Injuries are easier to come by when it’s cold outside so get a good stretch in before taking off.

4. Take a short loop.

At this time of year (especially in Ireland), the weather can take a turn for the worse at any moment and the last thing you want is to be stranded miles from home. Shorten your route to minimise the risk.

5. Bring your phone.

The inclement weather can increase the chances of an accident happening, so bring your phone just in case.

6. Take care of your skin.

Severe weather conditions can really damage your skin, and sweat can dry it out. Shower as soon as you get home but avoid piping hot water; going from cold to hot too quickly can irritate your skin.

Stay safe and enjoy your run!

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