Winter Running: 4 Tips on How to Beat the Cold, Maximize Workouts
What runner doesn’t love their workouts during the cool, Autumn months? Leaves are changing colors and the sun isn’t beating down on you as you move. Just around the corner is something much worse than a Summer run. Winter is the season that runners, especially northerners, dread the most. Many runners move inside to get their workouts in but can you imagine running on an old treadmill for months? You don’t have to sacrifice your workouts. Follow these 4 simple tips for overcoming the winter cold and maximizing your running workouts.
- Take Advantage of the Sun
The first and most obvious way to get in your run is to time it when the sun is out and about. This will be when the cold becomes the most tolerable. Warmest part of the day is usually right around when the sun is highest in the sky so if you’re able to schedule a run in during the day or during a lunch break, this is the time to do it.
- Warm-Up (More Than You Usually Do)
As a runner, you already know you need a good pre-run warm-up and stretch. Most runners will start with walking and move into a light jog before a 5 minute stretch. Seeing as how the elements are working against you, you’ll need to dedicate more time to properly warming your body and stretching. What’s the big deal with the extra effort?
Think of your muscles like a rubber band. Put a rubber band inside a refrigerator, take it out 20 minutes later, and try to stretch it. What happens? It breaks.
Your muscles are a lot tougher than a rubber band but the idea is the same. You NEVER want to exercise, especially in the cold, without first preparing your muscles for the workload to come. So suit up in some warm, stretchable clothes and take yourself through a thorough warm-up. Yoga is a great way to warm your body AND stretch your muscles.
- Run with a Buddy
No one likes running in the cold unless you’re the Iceman, Wim Hof. What’s more, no one likes running in the cold alone. If you want to keep your motivation high AND be held accountable, team up with a running buddy for those cold winter runs.
- Wear a Sauna Suit
What better way to keep warm AND boost your results than with a Kutting Weight sauna suit. This incredible neoprene weight loss suit has been put to the test time and time again. It’s been shown in studies to safely increase your body temperature into the ideal zone for metabolic boosting, fat burning, and performance enhancement. You’ll be able to beat the cold while you provide your body with the following proven benefits:
- Burn up to 13% more calories
- Increase your EPOC levels (calories you burn AFTER you finish your workout) up to 22%
- Improve your endurance (important for running) up to 67%
- Get an overall better weight loss of up to 40%
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Dalleck, Lance. (2015) “Acute Benefits of Exercise with the Kutting Weight® Sauna Suit: Technical Report” Gunnison, CO. Western State Colorado University.
Dalleck, Lance. (2015) “Chronic Health and Performance Benefits of Exercise with
the Kutting Weight® Sauna Suit: Technical Report” Gunnison, CO. Western State Colorado University.