This Article is About
cold weather
fitness enthusiasts
cross country skiing
good shoes
fitness levels
warm weather
winter activities
energy level
weight gain
Cold Weather Running - Is It Ever Too Cold?
Join 1000's of Authors at StreetArticles Today!

Cold Weather Running  -  Is it Ever Too Cold?

Most fitness enthusiasts either enjoy the coming of winter or they dread it. For some it's a time to get out and enjoy winter activities such as cross country skiing and snowshoeing. It's a break from warm weather running that can be harder on your joints. But what if you live in the city and don't have access to these sports. Is cold weather running harmful? Is it ever too cold to get out and log some miles?

If you are used to working out during the warmer months, and slow down in the winter months due to cold weather, you are aware of the physical loses due to inactivity. Year round exercise is so good for you! Not only does it promote weight control, it also impacts your mood in a positive manner, improves your energy level, promotes better sleep, and relieves stress. Taking some time off in the winter can lead to weight gain that will be hard to shed once you start again. You will also lose the fitness levels you gained over the summer. Within a few weeks of stopping your workouts you can lose as much as twenty percent of your cardio fitness level.

So how can cold weather running work for you? Can you get yourself out there and have an enjoyable cold weather running experience? Of course you can! You just have to dress appropriately. With today's high tech clothing that is designed for active folks, you can be warm and dry while logging the miles.

The trick to cold weather running, besides good shoes, is to layer your clothing so you are warm yet you can vent as your body heats up. You may be a little chilly when you start but as soon as you get a half mile down the road you will be comfortable. How many layers are right for you depends on you. That will take some experimentation. Just choose clothing that wicks moisture from your skin and try several layers. After a few cold weather running days you will know exactly what works best for you. It is better to be too warm than too cold. You can always unzip a layer or two.

To protect yourself be sure to cover your extremities: your hands, your head, and your feet. These areas lose heat quickly. A waterproof layer is good when you are out on a snowy day. Franz enjoys a good run in the snow!

So, don't let winter slow you down! Cold weather running is definitely a healthy thing for you to do. Just dress accordingly, grab a scarf if it's really cold, be sure to hydrate before you go, and just keep moving! Watch out for icy spots along the way and have a good time!

Street Talk

No comments present
You May Also Like
Are You Prepping for Cold Weather Power Outage?
If you live where it gets cold and sometimes colder than cold, you may have been the victim of a cold weather power outage. Perhaps you were even snowed in for a few days. At the very least, unless you live under a rock, you have heard or read about…
By: Haggard Ryder in  News and Society  >  Pure Opinion   Dec 21, 2011  
  Likes: 0

Your Dog And the Cold Weather
Here it is, winter time up north in December and it is getting pretty cold outside. They say it could get below zero tonight. And then you add in the wind chill, it could get down to 10 to 15 below zero. You are thinking that, that is pretty darn…
By: Daniel Anderson in  Pets  >  Dogs   Feb 17, 2012  
  Likes: 0

Preschool Exercise Games To Keep Kids Active During Cold Weather
Preschool-aged children have tons of energy and require a lot of daily play time and movement in order to thrive and stay healthy. When the weather outside turns frightful, parents often find themselves struggling to find creative ways to keep their children active and moving. As a solution to this…
By: Kenva in  Health and Fitness  >  Childhood Obesity Prevention   Nov 23, 2011  
  Likes: 0

My Organic Coconut Oil Diary
I love organic coconut oil so much that I just received my second bottle from Amazon last night. I even ordered an extra bottle for my mother-in-law and I'm sharing mine with my daughter. I started using coconut oil a little over a month ago and I feel very passionate…
By: melissa3 in  Health and Fitness  >  Nutrition   Apr 05, 2012  
  Likes: 8

Dirty B… Sandy Turned Out The Lights When She Left
I was on the outskirts of this storm in Southern Ontario and we had power outages from that Dirty B….Sandy. Not enough to disrupt life as we know it but a wakeup call as to how dependent we are on electricity. This storm knocked out power to millions (8.5 million)…
By: Tim Bashista in  News and Society  >  Weather   Nov 06, 2012  
  Likes: 2

Running Outside In the Cold Winter
I like the crisp cold air in the winter. Some people do not like the thought of breathing very cold air into the lungs. I have, as a matter of fact, never had any problems with that, not even in -16°C as I sometimes have run in. I just take…
By: Fridakjartans in  Recreation and Sports  >  Running   Feb 11, 2012  
  Likes: 6

How to Eat Well While Hiking
Hiking can be quite strenuous and uses up a lot of calories. You need fuel to sustain you on your hike whether on a short day hike or a multi-day hike. Water is the most important thing to take on your hike but don’t forget that if you don’t eat…
By: Bob Kuhn in  Travel and Leisure  >  Outdoors   Feb 22, 2012  
  Likes: 1

Choosing Your Overseas Home
Choices, Choices, Choices Now that you are thinking that you might experience overseas living, where should you go? The answer depends on many considerations. When choosing a new home, think about the following: 1. Which countries will accept new residents? Some of us have a rather egocentric view and think…
By: SergeDawn1 in  News and Society  >  International   Dec 26, 2011  
  Likes: 0

Tips on Saving Energy In the Home - Heating
What's wrong with writing an article on energy saving tips? For anyone living in my part of the country, this is a depressing theme for this time of year. It means winter and cold weather are coming. Except for those weird people who enjoy winter sports, the rest of us…
By: Jack Hogue in  Home Improvement  >  Energy Efficiency   Sep 02, 2012  
  Likes: 2

Vehicle Safety Tips For Winter Driving
When it comes to vehicle safety tips for winter driving you are looking at an entirely different perspective then driving in the summertime.Lets face facts and understand that being exposed for too long to cold weather because of breaking down could very well mean death. We hate to think that…
By: Dale M in  Automotive  >  Repairs   Oct 29, 2011  
  Likes: 1

Car Starter Problems: A Car Dummy’s Guide to What is Going Wrong
If you go out to your car, you expect it to start as soon as you turn the key in the ignition. Face it, when the car does not automatically roar to life, we get a little testy and we do things like continue to crank the car’s ignition switch…
By: Yvonne Kelsinger in  Automotive  >  Repairs   Feb 21, 2011  
  Likes: 1

Nitrocut-why Should I Use A Supplement Anyway?
If you've come across this article I'm hoping your asking yourself the very question of, why should I use a supplememt, especially one like Nitrocut? Don't worry if you don't know the reasons for and against just yet, by the time your done here you should have a well rounded…
By: Kevin Wood in  Health and Fitness  >  Supplements   Oct 14, 2011  
  Likes: 0

P90x2 Reviews - A Closer Look At The P90x2 Extreme Workout
After several years of anticipation, P90X2 is finally out and causing quite a stir amongst fitness enthusiasts. And if you’ve tried the original P90X, you will already know what this system is famous for. If you “bring it” all the way through the original program, you will gain stunning physical…
By: John Littner in  Health and Fitness  >  Build Muscle   May 14, 2012  
  Likes: 31

How to Get A Six Pack Of Abs!
Abdominal muscles are some of the most impressive looking on the entire human body. Their complexity and appearance make them a favourite goal for all sorts of fitness enthusiasts. To know how to get a six pack of abs, you must learn how to build up any muscle. Abdominals are…
By: Chip Paulson in  Health and Fitness   Jul 20, 2013  
  Likes: 0

Talented K9 Winter Activities With Your Dog
Winters can be long, cold, and not much fun. How about making the best of it and having some fun during those winter months? Better yet, have fun with your dog! Do it for your dog! Dogs need exercise year round, read our article to give you some ideas on…
By: AmyTK9 in  Pets  >  Dogs   Feb 13, 2011  
  Likes: 1

Article Views: 2491    Report this Article