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Reasons to Run in the Cold Weather

Reasons to Keep Running in the Cold

If chilly weather has moved into your neck of the woods, it can be downright uninspiring to keep up with your running routine. Here are three compelling reasons you should keep running in the cold weather.

Cold and Flu Prevention
Huffing and puffing regularly gets your heart pumping, which transfers oxygen to your blood and increases your body's natural virus-killing cells. Plus, getting fresh air not only gives you a break from the cold-causing germs found indoors, but it can also strengthen your immune system.

Cheaper Than a Gym Membership
Many people trade in outdoor runs for a membership to their local gym. You'll spend about $30 to $60 a month (or more!) to use the treadmills or ellipticals. Save some dough by using the free roads and trails in your neighborhood. Aside from not costing you a dime, you'll also avoid germs found at the gym and in the locker room.


Continue reading to find out why running in the cold is perfect for this time of year.

Prevent Holiday Weight Gain
Studies show that most people gain about a pound during the holidays, which doesn't seem like much, but year after year, it adds up. Keep up your regular fitness routine to prevent holiday weight gain that can accompany holiday party hopping, family get-togethers, and the sweet treats of the season. Layering up will make your outdoor runs more comfy, and here's a guide to my favorite long-sleeves for 40-degree days. Wear them over a wicking sports bra and short-sleeve shirt, slip on pants, merino wool socks and hat, and mittens and another long-sleeve layer or fleece vest if it's super cold, and you're good to go.

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GirlOverboard GirlOverboard 5 years
@kclulu - I have the same problem. I also get incredibly sore jaws (I mean, to the point where I can't talk until I've warmed up) when I'm out in the cold for too long. Has anyone else found a good means of covering the mouth and nose to keep them warm in the cold that doesn't smother or shift around? I've considered a buff or wrap scarf but I worry about them shifting around.
amber512 amber512 5 years
I don't even want to mention that I pay less than $10 a month for my Crunch membership... I can't imagine paying more! I switched after paying $35 at LA Fitness.
Jenny-Sugar Jenny-Sugar 5 years
I agree @TheLittleMonster. Embracing Winter really helps you enjoy it more and can prevent SAD (seasonal affective disorder).
onlysourcherry onlysourcherry 5 years
$30-$60 a month??? Where are these gyms that are less than $100 a month?
amber512 amber512 5 years
I HATE running in the cold. I shiver and run right back into my apartment and pile the blankets on.
TheLittleMonster TheLittleMonster 5 years
I'd rather run in the summer humidity than in the cold. But the few times I have ventured outdoors instead of the treadmill during the colder months, I've felt the winter blues slip away a little.
kclulu kclulu 5 years
The only thing I don't love about cold weather running is that my nose runs constantly. I have to bring a towel or washcloth with me to blow my nose and I probably use it every 5 minutes. Very annoying, but it is better than heat stroke!
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