Today we welcome Lisa, the founder of the popular instagram account This Canberran Life (@thiscanberranlife). Lisa and I met at Problogger last year and since moving here she’s been the local I’ve looked to for all the ‘Canberra tips’ – where to eat, where to run, finding a doctor, church recommendations and of course, “how the heck do Canberrans motivate themselves to run when it’s 3 (or less) degrees?!” It’s not even winter yet and these are our mornings! Whether it’s now or later, it’s likely you’ll have to face winter, so together we are going to prepare you with tips that will help you move your gorgeous body and avoid the ‘it’s too cold’ excuse. So here’s our eight winter running tips to keep you fit this winter!
Australian Winter Running Tips
The Skins worn by Lisa were gifted to Eat Pray Workout by Skins Australia, keep reading and find out how you can win a Skins Jacket!
1. Run in the afternoon
The afternoon is the warmest part of a winter day. However, if this doesn’t fit your work schedule, begin your run just before sunrise (very cold but SO very beautiful and empowering!).
2. Arrange to meet someone for a run
Commitment to a friend means you’re less likely to stay in bed in the warm…you can’t leave them waiting in the cold!
3. Organise your running gear the night before
Preparation is key! Lay it all out the night before so you’re brain has less time to make excuses as you’re rummaging through the cupboard with chattering teeth looking for something to wear, unsure of what you’ll need. Don’t forget to have your lip balm out to prevent cracked lips!
4. Dress smart & with forward thinking
Don’t be fooled, you will warm up quickly when running. We love to wear Skins – 3/4 pants and layer up with a light jacket. Depending on the intensity of your workout you should feel comfortable in this, however if you feel the cold more, try Skins long pants, A200 thermal range which have specifically designed to keep you warm when its cold without overheating. The fabric is a blend of Polyamid and Elastane, which combines high pilling and abrasion resistance with excellent breath-ability and a soft feel against your skin. If you’re not sure the Skins A400s long tights have ADAPTIVE technology to keep you warm when its cold and cool when its warm, so they are great all year round.
Above Image via by ‘The Iconic’
5. Spend more time warming up
Begin with some indoor warm ups such as mountain climbers, bridges, push ups, jumps. This helps the cold feel less cold AND when you change the temperature of the muscles you are readying the biochemical pathways which improves the muscle’s ability to do its job, to contract and outturn force. Another idea is to wear more layers during your warm up (beanie, gloves, track pants). Once you’re outside commence your run at a warm up speed. The body works less effectively in the cold so it needs more time to warm up, for example if you usually warm up for 10 minutes, warm up for 20 minutes (you can include your indoor warm up in this).
6. Run with good music
Like for any run – music takes your mind off the pain! Be careful near roads though.
7. Indoor running
If you’re really not a cold lover, get a gym membership and run on a treadmill indoors. SOMETHING is better than nothing.
8. Get changed soon after your workout
There’s nothing worse than sweat cooling on you in the winter and getting a chill.
Skins Jacket Giveaway!
Sorry, this giveaway has now closed. Congratulations to the winner, Rowena!
Want to win a Skins Compression Jacket for your winter exercise? Simply:
- Leave a comment below telling me how you stay moving in winter!
- For an extra entry, head to our Facebook page, like Eat Pray Workout and then click ‘follow’.
Competition closes midnight, 19 May 2016. Winner notified soon after via email and on this post.