It might be darker and chillier in winter, but it’s still a great time to go running. Here's our guide to help you to get started with winter running in the new year!
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7 Reasons To Start Running This Winter
1: Weight Balancing
Staying fit in winter, rather than hanging up your running shoes until the spring, will keep you in good shape during the months when most people tend to eat more food. As well as those warming and hearty meals, the winter is when many people eat excessive festive food. Running in winter will help to balance out the extra calories, and can help you to stick to those healthier new year resolutions.
2: Mood Booster
The winter days can be dull and short, but getting outdoors for even as little as 20 minutes per day for exercise has been shown to ward off the winter blues. The effects of daylight and the boost to your serotonin levels can be a huge mood boost for people prone to depression and winter induced Seasonal Affective Disorder. What better way to pick up your mood than to get out there for adventure and explore more of what's around you.
3: Fit for Spring
If you start running in the early months of the year and run throughout the winter, it means you will not need to “re-discover” your fitness come the warmer days of spring. Even if you aim to run a short distance a few times a week it will see your through to the warmer days of spring and summer when you can enjoy running further and faster. It's a grerat way to turn those little steps into a larger challenge when the weather picks up.
4: Fresh and Uplifting
It’s very refreshing to get outdoors and feel the freedom of being able to run through winter scenery and frosty landscapes. While everyone else stays indoors close to artificial heating, you can congratulate yourself on being out in the cold and staying warm because of your own energy. While the gyms fill up with those wanting to tackle the extra festive pounds, get out into the open air and enjoy running somewhere beautuful.
5: Fun of Racing
There are plenty of fun and sociable winter running races, including cross-country, trail, night-time and hills. In fact, these days, there seem to be almost as many winter running races as there are in the summer. A group of runners battling mud, darkness and the cold often creates an upbeat atmosphere as well as adding to the challenges of running for fitness through the rest of the year.
6: Stay in Touch
Running through the winter means you will stay in touch with all your sporty friends. It gives you more chances to get together and tackle a challenge together. You know how it is otherwise, like neighbours who rarely see each other in winter, they all come out into their gardens in summer. Runners who run in both summer and winter will see more of each other. This can be great for motivation as well.
7: Retail Therapy
Running in winter usually requires a bit of a spending spree. If you run off-road you’ll need trainers with more aggressive grip. Warmer layers and a waterproof/windproof jacket will be a bonus, as will running gloves and hat. If you like to have a little spend in the new year, why not make it for something you'll use in the colder months (or more often judging by the weather in Scotland).
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