Keep warm in the middle of winter with these tips – layer up, protect your eyes, moisturise and wear water-resistant footwear.
With winter upon us, it can be all too tempting to reach for a punnet of hot chips, a block of chocolate or a glass of red wine for comfort.
However, exercising in the cold isn’t as tough as it seems – in fact fitness enthusiasts say the crisper air is refreshing and the ideal climate for running.
With the right defences, your fingers and ears can stay toasty while you jog. Here are four tips to get you going in the dead of winter:
On winter runs, you’re really dressing for two temperatures. Wear layers for the start of your run that can easily be tied around your waist once you’ve warmed up. If you want to travel as light as possible, consider compression garments for the base layer as these tend to keep you quite warm.
2. Protect your eyes
Many people neglect to protect their eyes in the cooler months, particularly when exercising, which can significantly deteriorate eye health. This is a particularly prevalent issue in Australia with our depleted ozone layer. Shielding your eyes from the sun’s UV rays will prevent the risk of developing cataracts, retina degeneration and other eye conditions. Glasses, such as Oakley EVZero, that wrap around your face are ideal. Aside from the health risks, the winter environment can aggravate your eyes making them dry, teary and causing chapped surrounding skin.
The cold, harsh reality of the winter elements is both a shock to the system and to the skin. To maintain soft and glowing skin in winter, it’s important to keep your skin hydrated and supple. Apply moisturiser prior to running and after your post-run shower. Face oils are recommended in winter as they moisturise deeper than the first layer of skin, whereas creams only touch the surface. An obvious but often forgotten, is the lips. Pucker up with your favourite multi-purpose balms.
4. Water-resistant shoes and socks
Your usual running shoes and socks may not do the trick in the cooler months. Make sure you have non-mesh shoes with water-resistant uppers and you have thick absorbent socks (ideally not cotton) for those rainy runs.