Tips & Tricks To Keep Training During Different Weather Conditions
Running is a great way to stay fit and healthy, but different weather conditions can make it challenging to get out and run. In this blog post, we’ll discuss some tips and safety precautions for running in different weather conditions.
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Running in Hot Weather
Running in hot weather can be challenging and even dangerous if proper precautions are not taken.
Here are some tips for running in hot weather:
1.Plan Your Runs: Plan your runs for the cooler parts of the day, such as early in the morning or in the evening.
2.Wear Appropriate Clothing: Wear lightweight, light-colored, and moisture-wicking clothing to help keep you cool and dry. I know it sometimes might be tempting to go run in a sportbra, and this is fine as long as you put on sun screen to avoid getting sunburned.
3.Stay Hydrated: Drink plenty of fluids before, during, and after your run to help prevent dehydration. Dehydration is a serious condition that can cause real danger to your health. Did you know that your body consist of +/- 70% water? Knowing this, imagine what happens if your body doesn’t have enough fluids…
4.Use Sunscreen: I already mentioned it before but, apply sunscreen with a minimum of SPF 30 to protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays. Better too much than too little.
5. Take Breaks: If you feel like you are getting overheated, don’t even hesitate to take breaks during your run to rest and cool down.
6.Listen to Your Body: Listen to your body and stop running if you feel dizzy, lightheaded, or nauseous. Also during summer your heart rate will most likely be higher than during colder months, so don’t push yourself too much and listen to your body to see what trainings are feasible and which aren’t.
Running in Cold Weather
Running in cold weather can be invigorating, but it’s important to take precautions to stay safe.
Here are some tips for running in cold weather:
1.Dress Appropriately: Dress in layers, including a moisture-wicking base layer, an insulating layer, and a windproof layer. TIP: leave your house feeling a little bit ‘chilly’. That way you know you are not wearing too much and won’t have to start peeling off layers too soon.
2.Protect Your Extremities: Wear gloves, a hat, and a neck gaiter to protect your extremities from the cold. Once they are cold, they are very difficult to be heated up again.
3.Warm Up: Warm up indoors before heading outside to prevent injury.
4. Stay Hydrated: Even in cold weather, it’s important to stay hydrated. What happens is that during colder moments, the urge to drink diminishes. Therefore remind yourself throughout the day to drink enough by having a water bottle on your desk/ nearby.
5. Be Visible: Wear reflective clothing or accessories to help drivers see you in low light conditions. Better safe than sorry.
6.Watch Your Step: Be aware of icy or slippery conditions and adjust your pace and footing accordingly.
Running in Rainy Weather
Running in rainy weather can be challenging, but with the right gear and precautions, it can also be enjoyable.
Here are some tips for running in rainy weather:
1. Wear Waterproof Gear: Wear a waterproof jacket to help keep you dry. Just reminder that those jackets will not guarantee that you stay 100% dry when there’s a real heavy rainfall. In that case, it’s better to wait a little bit.
2.Protect Your Electronics: Use a waterproof phone case or arm band to protect your phone and other electronics.
3.Watch Your Step: Be aware of slippery conditions and adjust your pace and footing accordingly.
4.Dry Off Quickly: Change into dry clothes and dry off as quickly as possible after your run to prevent chills. Also drinking something hot when you get home can help you to not get a cold (or even worse sick).
5.Plan for Visibility: Wear reflective clothing or accessories to help drivers see you in low light conditions.
6.Watch for Lightning: If there is lightning in the area, avoid running until the storm has passed.
In conclusion, running in different weather conditions requires proper planning and precautions. By following these tips and safety precautions, you can enjoy your runs in any weather condition while staying safe and healthy. If you have some more tips that you feel would be a huge benefits to this blog post, don’t hesitate to reach out to me and I will happily add them ☺️