While we’re lucky we don’t live in an area with harsh winters, keeping up with your running training this time of year can still pose some unique challenges. That doesn’t mean confining yourself to indoor training. Just take extra precautions to avoid injury when running outside in the colder months. Board certified orthopedic surgeon and avid runner, Dr. Earl Kilbride, says to start with these three tips.
Warm up in a Warm Place
Before any workout, it’s crucial that you stretch and warm up your muscles to help prevent injury during exercise. In the winter, it’s best to do your warm up at home or somewhere else warm before heading out into the cold for your run. Then, while running out in the cold, be sure to keep your body — especially your feet and knees — warm by dressing in layers.
Run on a Clear, Smooth Surface
We might not get snow, but Austin does get its fair share of icy surfaces, especially in the early morning hours. Avoid running on slick surfaces as these conditions can spell disaster for your joints, tendons and muscles. For the few times when it looks like Austin it receiving a wintery mess, best not to risk an injury and instead stay inside to run on a treadmill or do resistance training.
While you may not be sweating like you typically do during hot summer months, your muscles still need to be properly hydrated to perform well. So, drink up! While you may not be thirsty, don’t skip water.
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