f you're someone who doesn't let the cold stop them from going for a run outside during the winter months, it's important you know what steps you should take to prevent getting sick from the exposure.
1. Bundle Up
Running makes you sweat, sweating in the cold will give you a chill, and that chill will make you sick. Dress properly for the occasion, as if it were 20 degrees warmer than it actually is. If you're looking for something lightweight and warm to wear on your long runs you're probably going to want to pick up some Under Armour. Under Armour has several options based on temperature, fit, weather, and style, so don't worry no matter what your climate or preferences you'll definitely find something that suits your needs.
2. Make Sure to Warm Up
The cold is much tougher on your muscles, and they're guaranteed to be tight when exposed to the temperature. A pre-run warm up is absolutely necessary to make your body not feel the extreme cold as much. No equipment necessary, just make sure you wake your muscles up before you put them to work. That being said a cool down is also a good idea. You don't want to ruin your running plan by pulling a muscle.
Just because it isn't 85 degrees outside does not mean that you will not sweat as much or need to keep yourself hydrated. Make sure to drink just as much water before and after your run as you would during the summer months. Keep in mind if you are trying to hydrate 5 minutes before your run it's probably too late. Get a water bottle to keep handy so you can drink throughout the day, this will ensure when it's time to for your run you're hydrated and ready to go.
4. Cover Exposed Skin
With cold comes wind, which does not bode well for your exposed face on a run. Instead of falling victim to frostbite, cover up. Gloves, a hat, and warmer socks are all a good idea. I would much rather take things off, then have my fingers frozen by the end of a run. There are plenty of retailers like The North Face that sell lightweight, non-constrticting, weather resistant clothing. Do some research and see if investing in some warm running apparel is right for you.