With the falling temperatures, the reluctance to do the obligatory outdoor run increases. Jogging in winter is one thing above all else: healthy. Why this is so and how you can defy the cold with the proper running clothing is explained here.
The Running Pants
While running shorts and pants are suitable for milder days, long-running tights made of softshell materials or compression pants protect you from the cold in winter. The materials are also breathable and promote blood flow to your calves and thighs. Alternatively, there are also unique thermal leggings for jogging, which men, in particular, like to combine with shorts. Make sure that your running shorts are always windproof and water-repellent.
The Running Shoes
Since it is often cold outside in the winter months and muddy or wet, water-repellent running shoes are the best choice. To minimize the risk of slipping in snow and ice, the steps should have an appropriate profile and be cut so that you can roll your feet properly in them. Ensure that you have a good and secure grip so that you do not slip your feet while jogging in your shoes.
The Running Socks
Since your feet sweat a lot when jogging, special running socks are the best choice. These are made from breathable material mixtures that wick sweat away to the outside and minimize blistering.
Why is running so healthy in winter?
There is no question that running is healthy. Those who go jogging regularly strengthen their immune system and thus minimize the risk of illness. But does that also apply in winter? The answer is, of course: yes! If you protect yourself from the cold temperatures with the appropriate running clothing, you will burn even more calories than in summer. This is because, for the same performance, your body needs more energy to supply blood to the organs. In other words: in winter, you can even lose weight significantly better while jogging, even if you run an average of 150 minutes a week (spread over several days).
However, keep in mind that the cold can hit the lungs of inexperienced joggers. But even for die-hard professionals, when the outside temperature drops below minus ten degrees, it is no longer recommended to go for a run outside, as the airways can dry out faster. A long walk in the open air is, of course, always possible.