Outer layer, having a hood is also good layer and notice the holes for your thumbs so the sleeves can cover your hands
1. Dress for 15 - 20 degrees warmer. Try not to overdress. Your body will heat you and allow your body temp to increase to reduce over sweating and over heating. You should actually feel chilly when you walk out the door.
2. Run During Light and Warmer Times of Day: If you can run during the daylight, you can absorb the sunshine, have the benefit of the warmer time of day and the vitamin D from the sun.
3. Be Visible: If you have to run in the dark, PLEASE wear a reflective vest or lights so traffic can see you. Do NOT dress all in black! Wear some color out there!
4. Hit the Treadmill: I know this tip goes against the gist of this post, but let's be honest. If it's dark out, miserable and icy, it's just not safe. At least you will stay in shape and stay safe!
5. Stay Low: Shorten your running stride and keep your feet lower to the ground. You will run more efficiently and reduce the risk of slipping, falling or straining muscles. Choose to run on fresh snow rather than ice or packed snow. You will get better traction on fresh snow and reduce the chance for slipping. Watch out for snow-covered cracks and holes in the road.
6. Warm Up: Take extra time to let your body warm up. It will do so more slowly in the winter, so take an extra five minutes to walk or jog to warm up for whatever exercise you are doing.
7. Hydrate: Don't forget to drink fluids! Just because it is cold outside, doesn't mean you do not need as much water as you do in the summer. Hydrate before, during and after.
MOST IMPORTANTLY, MAKE IT FUN!
What do you do to stay fit during the cold?