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Winter Exercise Tip: Head Into the Wind First

A lot of us run in one direction for 15 minutes then turn around and run back for the remaining 15 minutes. For those of us who live in windy places, this means that half of our runs are done into the wind and the other half are done with the wind at our back.

When it's especially cold outside you need to protect yourself from the elements, so start your outdoor jogs by heading into the wind on the first leg. You'll be less likely to get over chilled (and even frostbitten) on the way back (when you're wet from sweat) if you end your workout with the wind at your back.


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Lovely_1 Lovely_1 8 years
makes sense to me :)
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 8 years
makes sense to me :)
Spectra Spectra 8 years
Hmm...well, I don't run in only 2 directions when I run. I generally plan a route that goes all over the town, so I'm basically running into the wind 1/4 of the time and away from it 1/4 of the time, then the rest of the time it's blowing at my side.
tulipsaki tulipsaki 8 years
I think, probably, if you're running into the wind one way and against it another way, you need to account for that direction in the timing. Basically more time into the wind and less time with it.
juju4 juju4 8 years
This reminds me of when I used to bike near Lake Michigan in Chicago. I'd never know which way the wind was going to be heading, and sometimes it FELT like I was heading into the wind on my way down to Navy Pier, but when I turned around it would be twice as hard!!
Le_silla Le_silla 8 years
i never tought to run first with the wind, because i always like the hard part first, great tip
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