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Tips For Running In The Fall

Posted on: October 27, 2008

Although the weather might be mostly sunny skies in California and Florida, in the northeast, Fall is here! The brisk air is slowly moving in, and it may cause a problem for people who run as an exercise. Don’t fret, there are a few ways to continue your running routine and adjust to the cold weather.

1) Always run with layers of clothing on. This isn’t suggesting that you run with a full winter coat, gloves hat, and scarves. According to Suite 101.com, two to three layers of clothing is recommended.Wearing a long sleeved shirt, combined with a hoodie (that’s zipped up to the neck), along with a pair of sweat pants and comfortable sneakers that keep your feet warm. Layers help the body adjust to the cold climate while warming up.

2) Do a little exercise inside to get your body ready. If you do a little warm-up, like a few jumping jacks or walking up and down your staircase. It helps your joints prepare for your run and warms up your body to anticipate the cold weather.

3) Adjust to the harsh wind. When running with a weather combination of cold and windy, it can do slight damage to your skin, lips and breathing. Try running towards the wind at first and end with turning around backwards, away from it. Here’s a suggestion from running experts at Runners World.com, “To avoid a long, biting slog, you can break this into segments, running into the wind for about 10 minutes, turning around to run with the wind at your back for five minutes, and repeating.”

4) Deal with Mother Nature. If the local forecast calls for a light rain during your daily routine, make sure to put a couple pieces of paper or paper towels in your sneakers before you go out. It may feel a little weird, but it helps keep your feet warm and dry.

5) Change clothes. After you’ve finished running, your body’s temperature drops and which results in feeling a little cold. Changing your damp, sweaty clothes in dry, warm outfit can help your body adjust to relaxing. Keeping your body heated is key to safely resting after a run. Make sure to have a thermo with your favorite hot beverage whether, its coffee of hot cocoa, to help your body warm up.

Ashley-Nicole Weatherington


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