How to stay fired up about your workout as the weather cools down

So the weather is cooling down, but that shouldn’t pause your runners momentum. There’s a myth that running in the cold is bad for your lungs. There are risks to running during fall and winter weather, especially for those who live with asthma or any pre-existing lung condition. Cold weather puts less heat stress on the body as opposed to hot summer body which makes the body tired. Getting a runny nose is just a natural reaction to the weather and can simply be solved with a pack of tissues tucked away. In fact most of getting over your winter running troubles is all about more of these things.\r\n\r\ngirl-cold-running-at-night-healthy-you-now\r\n

Dress warm… ahem, layers

\r\nDressing for a cold run is no different from dressing for the winter’s coldest morning — just add layers! Start from head to toe. Wear two pairs of socks or wool socks that aren’t prone to absorbing water or moisture. If you’re in the market for new running shoes, make sure to get them with a Gore-Tex or waterproof upper sole. Wear clothing that is slim fitting to your body so that anything in your pockets is safe from jumping around or falling out while you’re on the move.\r\n

Get your warm up on

\r\nIf you don’t already stretch or warm up before a jog or run there is no better time to start than when weather is below 60 degrees. All you need to do is get your blood pumping and to prepare your muscles for what’s about to hit them. Don’t shock your body with movement on top of a drop in temperature. A 10 minutes of stretching or running in place will increase your stamina and add a few degrees to your body temperature on your runs.\r\n\r\nThe warm up is just as important as the run down. After your run have some hot tea or water at room temperature to counter the chill you have. Get out of the clothes you’ve been in and into some warm, cozy ones, then relax.\r\n

Don’t worry about speed

\r\nIf you like to time your runs and compete with friends the cold is sure to slow you down. You may as well forget about your speed. Keep a comfortable, slow pace for your entire run. This will help control your breathing. Though cold weather isn’t necessarily bad for you, it does cause your lungs to tighten making it not as easy to breathe.\r\n

Get pumped

\r\nLast but not least, staying motivated might be the hardest to do on those really cold days. Going for that morning jog or evening run may make all the difference in fighting SAD (Seasonal Affect Disorder). The very act of running clears your mind and releases hormones that give you the good vibes. Put on your favorite music and have a light snack before you go!\r\n\r\ngiphy (4)

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