Yes, it’s absolutely freezing outside! And you may be tempted into thinking there’s no way people should be running in conditions like that; it can’t possibly be good for you.
Actually, there are some benefits to be had from running in the cold that could persuade you to get out and breathe the cool air.
1. Stay Cool
This may seem like a no-brainer, but it’s actually a very valid point. There’s nothing worse than running in hot, humid weather. It’s this humidity which can create that horrible heavy feeling in the air, causing you to feel sluggish and demotivated. However, the chill will help you feel stimulated and refreshed, putting you in the perfect mood to keep on conquering those trails.
2. Stay Trim
It’s actually easier to lose weight whilst running in cold weather. Your body has to work over time to keep your core temperature regulated whilst you’re out in the wintery elements, meaning that you’ll burn more calories as you run. And considering we’ve just put the Christmas season behind us, now may be a good time to start!
3. Stay Hardy
By running through icy weather, you’re actually training your body to cope better under difficult conditions, making you a tougher, more resilient runner. It may be simpler to focus on times, distances etc but just forcing yourself to push through could be all you need to improve.
4. Stay Limber
It really does feel like the cold can reach into your bones; everybody feels a little stiffer and a little less supple when it’s freezing. But it’s this feeling of stiffness that will encourage you to properly stretch before and after your run, which will in turn help you to avoid injuries, stay warm and keep up good habits for when it starts to get warmer.
5. Stay Inspired
Who wouldn’t want to be out in this: