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5 ways to keep fit in the winter

After the glorious summer we’ve had you might have experienced outdoor running sessions on a brisk, 25-degree afternoon with sunshine overhead. As winter is upon us the temperature will soon dip below freezing, and you might experience running sessions in the sleet, ice or snow!

Instead of turning back to the comforts of home, turning on the treadmill in the garage, or contemplating an expensive gym membership - use these tips from our Head of Department, Natalie Walker, to make the best of your chilly runs and stay motivated now winter has reared its head.

Give yourself a target reward

Luring yourself out the door with the promise of a reward at the end works when your motivation might be faltering on those cold days.

Warm up pre-run

Before your run move around inside enough to get the blood flowing without breaking a sweat. The cold doesn’t feel so cold when you’re warm already. If you’re meeting a group of running friends, don’t stand around in the cold chatting before you run – just get going!

Train with a buddy

Set a date to meet someone for a run, there’s no wimping out when someone is waiting for you!

Be flexible with pace and mileage

Winter running is more about maintenance miles. If you can’t run in the middle of the day when the temperatures are warmest, consider running twice a day for 3 miles each time. That could be better than doing one long six-mile run where you might get very cold toward the end if you are only able to run early morning or late evening.

Change quickly post-run

Your core body temperature drops as soon as you stop running. To avoid a lingering case of the chills, change your clothes—head to toe—as soon as you can. Drink something hot—a steamy beverage is great, but a hearty soup does double duty by refuelling your protein and sodium stores while also warming you up. If driving to a run consider taking a flask of a warm drink to savour afterwards.

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