Temperatures reaching below zero don't need to mean an entirely new jogging wardrobe.
Dressing in layers is a clever solution. Use the same wind and moisture proof jacket that you've been using until now and simply add an extra layer that removes sweat, suggests Kari Ahonen, head of the running school at the Finnish Sports Association.
Long johns manufactured from a technical material combined with a long sleeved shirt are good for keeping the skin dry. You can slip another shirt in between the layers, or exchange your wind trousers for running trousers with a lining when the negative degrees rise even more. Running leggings also work well. Sweat pants are not something that Ahonen would recommend.
When the temperature falls below zero, the jogger needs to remember to protect certain sensitive areas. Ankles should be protected with leg warmers, and the back shouldn't reveal any skin at all. A hat, scarf and gloves shouldn't be forgotten either. New, technical materials are more comfortable for jogging, but managing with woollen alternatives is possible as well.
Sneakers are to runners what tyres are to drivers. A jogger who runs occasionally will manage with regular running shoes in the winter, if a double layer of socks fit. Running on icy roads is safer, however, with studded running shoes or shoes made for running in the winter that have a stronger sole.
You are suitably clothed when you feel just a little chilly leaving the warmth of your house. Your internal temperature will rise when you start jogging, and the strain of the exercise will maintain that warmth.
After your jog, remember to go inside straight away, especially if your shirt is wet.
Katri Kallionpää – HS
Alicia Jensen – HT
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