By: Larysa DiDio, Guest Blogger for Aetrex
The temps are warming up just in time for your cabin fever and spring fever to merge! Studies show that exercising outdoors not only burns more calories, but also boosts your mood like crazy. Jogging is one of the best activities to help shed excess winter weight in the fastest amount of time. Here are six tips to becoming the best (Spring) jogger you can be:
- Dress in Layers.It may look warm outside from your living room, but looks can be deceiving. Chances are the temps are still a little bit nippy and the wind may be whipping. To keep yourself from running back inside as soon as your feet hit the concrete, be sure to bundle up in easy to remove layers. Usually a light thermal under layer, a breathable heavier layer and a wind resistant shell are what you need. You’ll get warm fast and when you do, you’ll be able to easily tie a layer around your waist until your cool down at the end.
- Wear Proper Footwear. If you live in colder climates, the onset of spring doesn’t necessarily mean the absence of slippery spots. Also, winter weather along with salt and ice may have left the running terrain less than ideal. Watch out for residual ice and pot holes, and make sure that your sneakers are snugly fitting and are supportive. My favorite brand of sneaker is Aetrex. Their sneakers contain an orthotic footbed for support, balance, and alignment and memory foam cushioning for comfort. Plus, Aetrex shoes have advanced technology that help avoid any smelly odors.
- Wear Sunscreen and Sunglasses. Even though it’s still a bit chilly, the sun and wind can wreak havoc on your skin and eyes. Protect your skin with hypoallergenic sunscreen that doesn’t clog your pores and protects against both UVA and UVB rays. Be sure that your product has an SPF of over 30. Additionally, be sure to wear lightweight, protective sunglasses that give you protection from harmful sun rays, and also from biting winds and debris on roads and trails.
- Go When it’s Warmest. I usually recommend that runners head outdoors first thing in the morning to keep their motivation high and establish a schedule. However, when it’s a bit chilly and dark, I recommend checking out the forecast and go when it’s the warmest and the brightest. It’ll help you enjoy your run so much more!
- Start Slow. Be kind to your body. Start with a nice easy jog of one to three miles, adding some bits of walking if necessary. If you haven’t been running outdoors (or even on a treadmill), be sure to have fun and start light. Gradually get yourself back into it by adding 10% total mileage per week.
- Motivate yourself With an Event. Everyone needs a goal or a gentle shove and sometimes, signing up for a race is what your body and head need for motivation! Google local races and plan on training for two months before the big day. Enlist the help of a friend or family member to help keep yourself motivated. Need some help with training? Check out Couch To 5K .