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3 tips for running during bad weather

Whether you are a lifelong runner or have just started, you can reap many benefits from a consistent routine.

Risks such as slipping and falling or getting hit by a vehicle may deter you from running in bad weather. However, there are ways to increase your chances of staying safe.

1. Prioritize safety

Rain and snow can create slippery conditions and increase the chances of slipping and falling during your run. Besides observing everyday safety guidelines, you should remain alert for puddles, patches of ice and hidden potholes or debris. Slow down when necessary to ensure you can spot hazards in advance.

2. Use the right gear

If you run in cold weather, you should be alert for the signs of frostbite and hypothermia. Precipitation can exacerbate the effects of the cold, so check the weather before running and dress appropriately. Wear sturdy shoes with good traction, hats, gloves and layers of clothing to stay warm and dry. Protect your phone or other electronics from moisture to avoid damage.

3. Seek clear paths

Although it may not be possible to avoid rain or snow entirely while on your run, you may find some areas that are better than others. For example, paths lined with trees can have long stretches of clear space. Roads or sidewalks that are clear of snow and salted or sanded can be safer than untouched areas.

Running can be a great way to boost your fitness levels and spend time outdoors. However, it is important to monitor the weather conditions and stay inside if conditions become unsafe. This can help you avoid accidents or injuries.