Running during the winter time is much more challenging than running during any other time of year. Of course if you live in a place that has a warm climate all year round this isn’t referring to you. However, if you live in a place such as Michigan or Minnesota or New York where it gets unbearable cold, you’ll need to think long and hard about what winter running gear you’re going to wear before you head out jogging. It’s true that running is the best exercise you can do. It’s great for getting in shape, losing weight, improving your endurance and even improving strength. That’s not to mention that it’s great stress relief as running is very cathartic. However, you won’t find any benefits of running if you hurt yourself by not wearing the proper winter running gear.
When looking for winter running gear, you’ll want to pay special attention to the shoes you wear. There are many shoes out there that are perfect for winter running but you need to find the right one. Winter running gear should be durable and should be very comfortable but it should also be safe. When it comes to shoes, you want a sole that’s not going to slip on ice or lose gravel. You want a shoe that’s not going to let snow get inside so that your socks get soaked. Above all, you want shoes that won’t give you blisters so make sure they fit while also allowing for traction for anything you may be running on.
Outer Winter Running Gear
When it comes to outer wear, you’ll want to choose winter running gear that’s not only comfortable but that also covers your skin. When you run, the wind blows harder than it would if you were sitting still. That cold air can quickly freeze your exposed skin. So make sure your arms, legs, neck and even face are covered if you are going to be running in inclement weather. There’s nothing wrong with wearing a scarf and hat along with your winter running gear, just as long as you can take it off if you get too hot. For that reason, you may want to carry a small pack with you that will hold those things you no longer feel like wearing.
Inner Winter Running Gear
You may not think of inner wear when it comes to winter running gear but long johns and an undershirt will keep you very warm so that you don’t have to bundle up on your outer wear. This is great for people who care about how they look and don’t want to be seen wearing a parka while they run.