If you want to keep a running routine while visiting family or friends up north this winter, you will need to take precautions for preventing frostbite. Frostbite prevention is something that an Arizonan runner usually does not need to think about, but when you enter colder climates, it becomes an important concern.
Since your friendly staff at Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists of Arizona do not want you to experience frostbite while on vacation or a northern business trip, we have some tips to help you plan accordingly so you can stick with your running program:
Dress warm. Seems like a no-brainer, but you need to protect yourself from the elements in appropriate material that will allow you to wick away moisture when you sweat, but still offer the warmth you need. So your first layer should consist of thermal wear made from polypropylene, your second layer synthetic fleece, and your outer later breathable nylon or Goretex material.
Don’t dress too warm. If the temperature is not as extreme, do not include the second layer made from synthetic fleece material. Don’t forget, you will generate heat as you run!
Protect your feet, hands, and head. Keeping these areas of your body not only warm, but also dry, will go a long ways towards preventing frostbite. Wearing a warm hat is an absolute must, since you are going to generate a lot of sweat. Synthetic or wool socks will wick away moisture and keep your feet dry on your run.
Find natural wind protection. Trails in wooded areas offer protection from winter winds that drive the temperature down. In an urban setting, be aware that tall buildings do not provide the same kind of protection; they actually turn city streets into wind tunnels.
In an ideal world, you would be able to stay home in Arizona and stick with your running plan, as you normally do. When trips, whether for family, friends, or business, take you away, though, you need to be able to adapt to local climates and situations.
If you have returned back home and need world-class treatment for foot and ankle issues, come and see us at either our Chandler or Gilbert, AZ, locations. Call us at (480) 963-9000 for our Chandler office, (480) 981-1800 for our Gilbert office, or schedule an appointment online today.
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