January 14, 2019 at 05:00AM by CWC
When you’re dressing for a winter jog, you’re probably thinking: layers, layers, and then more layers. Choosing what to wear for running in cold weather isn’t rocket science, but it’s easier than you think to overdress.
It seems counterintuitive, but if you want to stay comfortable for miles in any weather, removing a layer is your best bet. Don’t worry, you’re not going to freeze to death. As a general rule of thumb, you should be dressing like it’s 20 degrees warmer than the actual outside temperature. “Running raises your heart rate and increases blood flow, and your body heats up after the first 5 to 10 minutes,” says Kelsey Quinn, running expert and assistant cross country and track & field coach at the University of Portland. “If you dress in several layers, you may get too warm during the run.”
Before heading out into the cold, Quinn recommends getting your heart rate up some indoor exercise. Like dipping a toe into a hot bath, you need to ease into any outdoor winter activity. Just be careful: While most of you will be just fine in leggings and long sleeves, that’s not the case with your entire body. “Your extremities don’t warm up as much in the cold, so don’t forget to wear gloves,” she says. And cover your ears with muffs or a headband.
Impress passersby as you brave the cold knowing you’ll feel much better in a few layers than you would rocking two turtlenecks, a jacket, and a puffy vest. Promise.
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