Top Ten Outdoor Winter Workout Tips

Winter Running

There’s nothing like a 2 mile jaunt in a sleet storm to energize the creative juices for yet another top ten list. Need some encouragement and tips for braving our wild and wooly Wisconsin winters to stay in shape? Read on for some ideas to keep you comfortable and safe!

10. Choose the right gear. Start with an inner wicking layer right next to your skin for both your top and bottom to stay dry!

9. Add an outer layer that is both waterproof and a windbreaker to increase your invincibility factor, with a fleece layer underneath if needed. Waterproof shoes are also a plus if your terrain is not cleared of snow and slush to keep your feet warm.

8. Throw on some Yak Trax over your shoes (available at running stores and running gear websites) to improve your grip on snowy and slippery surfaces. But be sure NOT to wear the Yak Trax over level surfaces due to the risk of falling.

7. Take smaller steps out in the snow and sleet to reduce your chance of falling. Also choose well lit surfaces if venturing outside in the dark and choose a path where you know the sidewalks will be shoveled!

6. Add coverage for your ears, face and fingers to avoid any risk of frost bite and to reduce painful windburn on the face.

5. Don’t overdress! Dress cooler than you normally would for the outdoors if you are running and breaking a sweat for your workout. Think of dressing for a temp 20 degrees warmer than the actual wind chill. Extra sweat from extra layers=extra cold!

4. Don’t forget to wear sunglasses and sunscreen for any open skin if running on a sunny day to reduce glare from the snow and risk of sunburn.

3. Make yourself visible to others if running in the dark with not just reflective clothing, but also with easy to wear flashing lights, headlamp, or flashlight.

2. Tell someone where you are going, when you plan to return, and wear some ID - just in case.

1. The same rules apply for running in the cold as for running in warm weather, including adequate hydration, warm-up (especially in winter) and cool down, except start your run into the wind so you don’t freeze from the wind chilling your sweat on the way back.