5. Play it safe.
Fingers, toes, ears and face are especially vulnerable when running outside in the winter. The ACSM warns that if the temperature is below freezing, ice crystals can form on your skin. Hypothermia can sneak up on you, so don’t go out unprepared for the conditions. You can always take off a layer if you get warm. Intense shivering is a warning sign and will be followed by a drop in your body temperature, inability to perform complex tasks and slurred speech. You don’t want to go there!
Another safety factor in the winter has to do with fewer daylight hours, slippery roads and maybe sleet and snow. A reflective vest and wrist or leg bands will make you visible in headlights of oncoming vehicles. Add blinking lights on your outer garments — it’s better to be seen than sorry!
About The Author: Sherry Hanson lives on the coast of Maine and has been writing professionally for over 20 years. In a former life she was a fitness and aquatic instructor. Visit her at www.sherryhanson.com.