It may be cold, snowy and miserable out, but that’s not an excuse to stop exercising. With the right gear and preparations, winter running can actually be somewhat enjoyable! Here’s our 8 reasons to love winter running:
- It makes you stronger: The winter is a great time to train particularly if you are interested in running a few springtime races. Starting training now can mean faster times and better fitness when the warm weather comes back. Training through harsher weather will make you mentally stronger in the long term.
- Vitamin D: It also gives you a chance to get outside and soak in some vitamin D, during a time when we spend significantly less time outdoors.
- Supercharge your metabolism: Colder temperatures means that the body must work extra hard to warm up. The harder the body has to work, the more calories it burns per minute.
- New running gear: In harsh winters, proper gear is everything. It is worth investing in a running jacket that will break the wind. This winter we’ve found Asics running gear to be top notch- still light and breathable but warm enough to wear on cold evenings. Luckily we haven’t had too much snow in Gwangju so far, so we’ve been able to wear our regular running shoes outside. However, if you live in a really snowy place, special winter running or trail shoes can help. “There is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing choices”
- Quiet running trails: You don’t have to worry about running around people or dogs on the trail when you have the whole path to yourself!
- Consistent training: Running through winter means that your training will be consistent and that will pay off in the long term.
- It can give you added strength training: If the trail is snowy or slushy that added resistence is extra strength training for your body. Because you have to recruit more leg and core muscles per stride to stay upright and moving forward, your stride will become more powerful.
- Everything looks better covered in snow!
PRO TIP- Stuff your wet running shoes with old newspaper to help them dry and not stink!
P.S. Don’t forget to warm up before heading out for a winter run…it’s not a good idea to start cold!
Hope you liked this article. Share with us your tips for winter running,
Until next time,
Catherine and Stephen