Tips for Dressing to Keep Warm During Your Outdoor Runs This Winter
Whether you’re an avid runner or just starting out, winter temperatures can be a welcomed change from running in the summer heat. However, cooler temperatures also mean knowing how to dress without overheating and or freezing. Below are a few tips on how to prepare for winter running.
Head and Neck
Since we lose heat from our heads, you need to make sure you’re protected. Depending on the actual temperature, a baseball cap should suffice. However, when temps drop, you need to ensure to cover your head and ears. Choose a beanie that fits well and provides adequate warmth. Make sure that it’s not too tight or too loose.
Snug-fitting beanies that don’t slip when running are the way to go. When it comes to your neck, you can invest in a light-weight neck gaiter. This provides warmth without the hassle of trying to keep a scarf tied in place. (Can double as a face mask if you wind up too close to people.)
Dress in Layers
Probably the most important thing you need to remember is that less is more. That means dressing in layers to avoid overheating while running. Each layer should be light and easily removable if needed.
For instance, a zippered fitness hoodie is a perfect piece to add to your running arsenal. You can easily layer lightweight pieces underneath and if you get too warm while running, you can remove your jacket and tie around your waist. Since most hoodies zip up to the neck, you can also use it as neck protection as well. It’s all about keeping layers light while staying warm. If you prefer baggier hoodies, pair it with form-fitting jogger pants or tights.
Protect Your Hands
Nothing puts a damper in your stride more than freezing hands. Choose gloves, not mittens, that provide just enough warmth but also allow you to tie your shoes without having to remove them. Some even come with grippers on the fingers, which means you can use your phone without having to remove it as well.
Don’t Forget Your Feet
Finally, don’t forget about your feet when winter running. Your socks should provide adequate cushioning and serve as shock absorbers on your run. They also need to be heavy enough to keep your warm, but not so heavy that your feet are sweating.
Colder temperatures don’t have to equate to relying on an indoor treadmill. Keep your winter runs enjoyable and efficient by dressing for the season. As with any type of outdoor activity, if it’s too snowy or icy, stay inside until the weather improves. (Or use traction devices on your shoes.)
Story by Anita Ginsburg