Winter Running Gear Essentials
There are several winter running gear essentials that will keep you comfortable and safe during the winter months. The cold doesn't have to keep you inside on a treadmill, with the right equipment, you can run outdoors all year.
- Layered clothes. Thin layers are usually a better choice than fewer, heavier layers. The goal is to stay protected from the cold without overheating at the peak of your workout. Remember that it's okay if you are cold when you first step outside, your body will warm up after you get moving. The first layer against your skin should be light and built to keep moisture away from your body.
- Socks. Warm socks made of moisture-wicking fabrics are best to keep your feet warm and prevent blisters.
- Hat. The body loses most of its warmth through the head. Choose a hat with a comfortable, close fit that will cover your ears and easily stay in place during a winter run.
- Gloves. Always protect your hands with warm gloves or even warmer mittens. You can also put heat pads inside your gloves for added warmth.
- Sneakers. High quality shoes are always important for runners, but in the winter, it's even more important to check the traction on your sneakers. You should always be alert and aware of icy areas when running during the winter.
- Sunscreen. Your skin can still be damaged during winter runs. Many runners suffer from sunburns in the winter, this may be due to the fact that it is easier to forget sunscreen when it's cold. Snow on the ground can also reflect the sun's rays and cause damaging sunburns.
- Sunglasses. Protecting your eyes during a winter run is especially important when there is snow on the ground. A good quality pair of polarized lenses will protect your eyes from the glare.
Posted on: Aug. 06, 2010