Colder conditions mean extra challenges, but that doesn’t mean you should stop doing what you love. If you are a dedicated runner and plan on jogging in the snow this winter, there are a few things you should know.  Here are four stellar tips to help make your winter jogging a more pleasant experience!

Warm Socks and Shoes

When temperatures drop, wearing warm clothing is a must. Along with gloves for your hands, make sure to have warm socks to keep your feet warm. Not only is it painful and uncomfortable to have numb and cold toes, but over time it can cause damage to your feet. The best socks to look for are wool socks that work to keep your feet dry but also warm. Keep in mind that some brands use thicker cushioning for winter socks, so try the socks on with your shoes on. Getting socks that are too small can cause blistering, which is not what you want either. Socks make a big difference in the winter, so be prepared!

As well as wearing the right socks, find a pair of shoes that will keep wet out. Mesh shoes are more prone to getting slush and wet inside them, so stick to running shoes that have minimal amounts of mesh or no mesh at all.

Prepare Your Muscles

Jogging in the winter puts you at greater risk for pulling a muscle. This is due to the frigid weather which tightens your muscles. Make sure to do a little warm-up before going on your jog, and stretch for longer than you usually would. On your run, take it easy as you start to get going so that your muscles have extra time to adjust as well. The colder the weather, the easier you should take it and lengthen the warm-ups you do.

Always Start Toward Wind

Although starting your jog toward the wind sounds like a bad idea, you’ll thank yourself on the way back. At the end of your workout you will be more tired, slower, sweaty, and at a higher risk to catch a chill. Help yourself and put that cold wind chill on your back towards the end of your run. Pay attention to wind chill, because cold wind can make temperatures drop quickly.

Be Visible

Since jogging in winter means daylight is fleeting fast, your jogs have potential of leaving you in the dark. Therefore, wear reflective gear so that it is easier for others to spot you. Avoid dark clothing or else you will blend right in. Some runners even bring flashlights or headlamps with them.