Published on October 2nd, 2018 | by Start Fitness0
5 Reasons To Keep Running In The Cold
First off, we need to address how you’re going to overcome the first and ultimately the hardest part of running on a cold winter morning – getting out of your nice, cosy, warm bed. Now, there are two methods which we’ve found pretty effective:
Method number one is music. Play music on your phone the second you’re awake. Not just any music, it’s got to be that tune that gets you filled with energy, helping you to leap out of bed and get out on the morning run.
Method number two, and a slightly less orthodox approach is to quite literally roll out of bed. Don’t even think about it, just do it! The main objective is to leave your bed. once you’ve done that, the rest is easy! Of course, if you have a high bed then please stick to method number one – the idea is to get out of bed to go on a run, not to injure yourself.
Now, once you’ve tackled the early morning wake up and get up, you’re ready for your wintery run and we’ve got five reasons why you should be looking forward to it!
1. Cold weather incinerates your calories
It may be cold but your calories will definitely be burning and according to research, burning quicker due to the cold weather! This is because your body is working harder to keep you warm. Think of it like this, if you run in the winter you can afford to have more calories around Christmas time and not feel guilty about it – sounds appealing, doesn’t it?
2. It’s the optimal running temperature
Now, due to the cold conditions, it is very important that you effectively warm up before your run but once you’ve started your run studies have shown that, when running, your body takes longer to tire in cold weather than it does in warm weather. So, if you’re looking to shave time off your PB running in cold weather could be the answer.
Flashback to the running routes of the summer months, remember how crowded it was? Well, funnily enough, there are a lot fewer runners out and about during the winter months. This means you can focus on you, compete with yourself and you’ll find your progress and motivation can rocket. Also, if you get the sudden urge to run zig zags or even backwards – just do it, nobody else will be around to watch you!
4. Think of all the running gear you can buy!
There’s no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing. We’ve got a huge range of Winter running gear available at Start Fitness! We stock great running brands like Asics, Adidas, Saucony and Ronhill known for their awesome durability and supportiveness in colder conditions – check out the range here.
Wintery runs are a great excuse to update your running wardrobe and can even get you motivated to get out on a run.
5. Dedicated. Motivated. Focused
There’s a certain sense of pride and determination you gain from running in colder temperatures. When everyone is tucked up in bed you’re out on a run and putting in the miles. This will definitely pay off. When it comes back round to the summer months and the fair weather runners return, you’ll already be miles ahead of them because you’ve put in the work during the winter months and you should be proud of that.