O'Neill Experience at Winter X Games 2012 - Day Five
Run in winter. And I have five reasons for this
It's getting cold outside. Now fewer and fewer people go jogging, explaining their refusal by a mass of arguments. Today we will figure out what can really justify an athlete, and what are just prejudices and myths about running in winter. If you invite your friend for a winter run, but he refuses, quoting the famous song of Igor Nikolaev Five reasons, read on and choose the appropriate counter-arguments!
I will freeze
This is perhaps the most common a reason to skip a workout outside. But are we not sitting within four walls all winter? One way or another, we go out of a warm room, freezing if we are not dressed warmly enough. Or, conversely, we overheat, then quickly cool down and get sick. The same happens if the running gear is not chosen correctly.
The main rule when choosing a sports uniform is to dress so that the first 5-10 minutes is a little cool. During the workout itself, the body will begin to accumulate energy and heat itself.
I will put a sheet
This point is a continuation of the previous one, so let's take a closer look at our equipment. We choose high-quality and certainly sportswear: it is better to buy a fleece long sleeve than a cotton or wool jacket, which will get wet after a couple of kilometers and cause a cold. For winter jogging, you need to put on many layers: the bottom, moisture-wicking, - thermal underwear, the second layer should warm - this can be, for example, a long sleeve top and pants, on top - a jacket that will protect from wind and precipitation. Another rule: the upper body should be dressed warmer than the lower, because the legs work more actively than the body and warm up faster. Don't forget about the hat, neck buff, gloves and socks. We put summer sneakers in the far box until the snow melts - running shoes with a membrane and outsole with aggressive tread are suitable for winter.
I'll chill and tear the ligaments
And here the right equipment will help us out. In order not to freeze the joints and ligaments, you need to insulate them separately. The most vulnerable in a runner is the Achilles tendon, so in winter, in principle, you cannot walk with bare ankles, and even more so to run. The recipe for healthy ligaments is simple - high running socks or knee-highs to support the calves.
When exercising outdoors, the body loses heat mainly through exposed skin, most often hands without gloves, neck, ankles. It is necessary to carefully wrap everything up so that you do not suffer from a seized neck and aching joints.
The human body is a very complex mechanism that does not always work according to uniform rules. Therefore, some athletes may not freeze at all, while for others, from the slightest hypothermia, their legs begin to hurt, and their muscles tighten. To protect against chapping and preserve heat under clothes, it is recommended to smear the face and freezing areas of the body with petroleum jelly. The use of petroleum jelly has been confirmed by more than one athlete, including tested by me personally, so I say with confidence that the skin covered witha lotion of thick oily ointment, gives off less heat, and the face and hands do not peel off under the influence of wind and snow.
Winter equipment is expensive
It's hard to argue with this, but it is possible. Firstly, many popular sports brands such as Nike, adidas, Puma, Salomon, in addition to the main boutiques, have discount stores. They can save more than 50% of what you would spend in flagship stores. Secondly, there are cheap brands that offer sportswear at reasonable prices, such as Kalenji, Demix, Diadora and others.
In my opinion, the most important thing in a runner's outfit in any season is shoes. Therefore, it is better not to save on sneakers, and it is permissible to choose cheaper clothes.
Slippery, which means traumatic
Let's start with the fact that in the city the quality of sidewalks is carefully monitored and trying to eliminate ice as much as possible to prevent anyone from slipping or injuring themselves. If you do find yourself on a track with open ice or freshly fallen snow, be careful: slow down, step on the surface with your whole foot and bend your knees a little more than usual to be ready for any turn of events.
If it snows. the track is well trampled, then the running technique remains summer, that is, we run as conveniently, but do not forget to control the body. If you follow the movement of your arms and legs from the very first runs, you can avoid clogged muscles, pain in the periosteal tissues, fatigue and other adverse consequences.
Nobody runs in winter
This is a common stereotype. True, the number of runners is decreasing, but still many, especially close-knit running teams, continue to train on the street, despite the weather and laziness. You can run in the city in any weather: choose a route, play your favorite playlist and start jogging!
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I have enough room, I will not lose my form
Very dubious statement. If your main occupation is running and you plan to do it further, and increase the length of the distance, speed, take part in races and set new records, then in no case should you interrupt your training. Pauses in the training process return your body to the starting point, which means that in the spring you will have to start all over again. Winter is not a complication, but an advantage for a real athlete. Snow will help develop endurance, ice will strengthen muscles, and cold will harden character. In addition, some athletes believe that running in winter is even easier, because you don't have to sweat a lot and fight with the scorching sun.
For a runner, gym workouts are only good when combined with running. They will help to develop the core, which is little involved in running,will make the main working muscle groups more enduring. But jogging is irreplaceable, because, like them, no physical activity develops the endurance and speed that will come in handy on races.
You can't run for a long time, and short distances are not effective
Typical winter running stereotype. You can run as you like - remember this! You can run for a long time, if strength and health allow, only at a long distance (from 10-15 km) do not forget to drink and eat, so as not to deplete the body.
From short runs (up to 5 km) really do not will be of great use if you want to lose weight. The body needs time to start metabolic processes and start burning those extra pounds. Therefore, it is recommended to run at least half an hour.
Run in winter physically harder than in summer
This is true, but should it stop? We train to get better, so difficulties, on the contrary, should stimulate, not become an obstacle. Imagine that running in winter is your personal challenge, after completing which, you will receive a reward in the form of an excellent result at the first spring starts.
There is nothing to motivate yourself
Everything is individual here. If there is no desire at all, then maybe you shouldn't torture yourself? But then you need to find something else to keep your body in good shape. Or maybe pamper yourself for overcoming obstacles? I ran 5 km and ate a tasty treat. You train for three months in a row - you deserve a vacation at sea and you go to bask in warm regions. You just need to be honest with yourself and not be lazy, and most importantly, set goals, including sports. Otherwise, everything loses its meaning.
Do you know any other reasons why you shouldn't or don't want to run in winter? Leave a comment, and we will try to answer all questions in our group on VKontakte.