Cold weather, icy roads and dark nights can make us less inclined to get outside and exercise in the winter.
But it also has some great benefits for building up strength and endurance, not to mention boosting our feel good endorphins, and all you need is some simple tips to stay safe and well when out running this winter.
• Feet first: “Remember to change worn out footwear. Running shoes, in particular, should be replaced after around 500 miles. It’s also important to not wear someone else’s footwear, as each person has individual needs to what is comfortable and supportive to their feet,” explained Michael Ratcliffe, Carnation Footcare Podiatrist.
• Protect your skin: It’s important that you nourish and hydrate your skin before and after your run so that it has a barrier to the cold and can soothe the skin. Sonja Dymalovski, skincare expert at What Skin Needs, recommended: “When looking for topical creams and balms make sure you look for organic formulas that are designed to reduce irritation and have properties that can repair the skin. I would use a balm that contains natural oils that have anti-inflammatory properties like plantolin, aloe vera and tea tree oil such as the What Skin Needs Cracked Skin Cream.”
• Engage your core: Sometimes, if you’re thinking about how cold it is, you might forget about the little things about your technique, which can make you a better runner. Lynne Robinson, Founder of Body Control Pilates, commented: “In terms of runners, sometimes a slight imbalance in the body will go on to create problems because it’s such a repetitive movement that you’re doing. Even a small adjustment in your posture or in your core stability can make a huge impact.”