For year-round runners, being prepared for each season is incredibly important; therefore, proper preparation is vital. Here are the pros and cons of running in winter, since fall and summer are certainly behind us. As we head into the heart of the cruelest season, winter runners brace for the journey ahead. In this post, cold-weather gear, suitable footwear, and compression stockings will be discussed in relation to running during Winter and we'll also look at pros and cons.
Starting with pros, here’s a list of benefits to pumping you up before you set out to run.
Pros Of Running In Winter:
• Burn More Calories
When choosing appropriate winter footwear, a runner must consider waterproof material that encompasses the foot, paired with compression socks (or stockings) to stave off the cold elements and keep the blood flowing. The body will work harder to regulate its core temperatures in the cold/freezing temperatures and burn more calories, so if one of your goals is weight loss or staying lean, this is definitely a pro.
• Increased Energy and Feeling Happier
For some, battling humidity can be exhausting and make it harder to breathe which can zap one’s mood from upbeat to lethargic. Compression socks provide comfort and warmth by improving blood flow and assist with preventing blood clots while the brisk cold can stimulate runners and strengthen their breathing if humidity is an issue. Endorphins produced give runners a healthy sense of happiness and well-being following their workout, which is great in the depressing winter months.
•Strengthen The Heart.
Because of cold weather, the heart works harder to distribute blood appropriately throughout a runner’s body, hence, making the heart stronger. Hydration is critical while running in colder months because while it seems as though one is less thirsty, in actuality, the body is losing water due to evaporation into the surrounding air.
Unfortunately, there are negative attributes to running in the winter; however, the flip-side is something of which to be aware.
Cons Of Running In Winter:
Compared to summer's humidity, the air is crisp and natural to breathe, but if you struggle with asthma, the frosty air will present an altogether different challenge – the condition of bronchitis and constriction could occur due to rapidly inhaling the cold winter’s freezing air.
• Donning layers to keep the body insulated is of most importance so that the body is less prone to hypothermia or frostbite. Wearing appropriate compression stockings and suitable footwear helps with keeping a runner warm and assists in circulating blood flow throughout the veins. Get more information on foot care health from a reputable foot specialist, preferably one that offers treatments and custom orthotics in addition to retailing quality brands like Asics and Canada Goose.
• Choosing running shoes with reinforced tread, aids in gripping rugged or icy terrain but also helps to push off of the forefoot confidently with sufficient foot support. Consider waterproof out-soles along with robust tread and proper insoles to support a comfortable and secure experience.
Knowing is half the battle, the other half is the application. Exploring the pros and cons of running during the winter helps runners assess whether or not it's for them. As with all things health-related, consult a physician before attempting exercises/running if there are doubts or questions.