Is it okay to run outside in the winter?
Asked by on Dec 16, 2010
The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) says it’s safe to exercise in below-zero temperatures as long as you protect against cold-hypothermia and frostbite. Prevent frostbite by covering up, staying dry, and by constantly moving. Hats and face masks are essential. Use a skin balm to prevent windburn and sunburn. Stay dry by wearing water- and wind-proof materials - in layers - and by keeping your feet dry. Wear moisture-wicking socks and run on a plowed surface that is not slippery, and if you run after dark, wear reflective gear. Read more cold weather running safety tips from the Guide to Running at About.com.