Why Winter Running Is Cool

Baby, it’s cold outside, but that’s no reason to pass up running outside.

photo credit: samsung

Dashing through the snow isn’t just for hardcore marathoners

Here’s why winter running is cool and the gear you need to help reach your #PersonalVictory.

The fresh, crisp air is rejuvenating

It takes some extra effort to be active outdoors during the brisk months. You may need a burst of mental toughness to get going, but you’ll be energized once your heart starts pumping. The sidewalks and trails are quieter, so you can enjoy some real you-time. Freshly fallen snow is peaceful, and the snow crunching under your feet can put you in a zone. You’ll be rosy-cheeked and feel like a die-hard when your run is done. Reward your #PersonalVictory with a stretch and warm shower to complete your reboot.

Make sure you have the right gear

The right equipment will help you stay warm, dry, safe and motivated. This is what you need for your exhilarating run.

  1. Track your run. The all-new Gear Fit2 Pro from Samsung is the ultimate activity tracker. With built-in GPS, it tracks your location and keeps a record of your route in real time—even without your phone. It automatically detects and logs your activity and continuously monitors your heart rate. This slim, sleek band has a bright, large display you can read easily while running. And there’s no need to worry about snow and sweat because the Gear Fit2 Pro has 5 ATM water resistance.1
  2. Dress in layers. Your base layer should wick moisture away from your skin. The mid-layer should insulate and trap your body heat with a fabric (think fleece). Your outer layer is a shield from wind and snow. Don’t forget winter running socks, a breathable hat and warm gloves or mittens.
  3. Protect your eyes, lips and skin. Wear polarized sunglasses (or ski goggles on frigid days) to protect your eyes from the wind and the glare from snow and ice. Apply lotion and lip balm with SPF before you hit the road to lock in moisture and prevent chapped lips and skin. You may need a mask to cover your nose and face so you don’t get frostbite.
  4. Be seen. With fewer daylight hours, it’s likely you’ll be running in the dark. Your clothes should have reflective or glow-in-the-dark features. Consider putting lights on your hat or shoe heels.
  5. Get traction. To lower your risk of falling on icy surfaces, use slip-on traction aids or special running shoes with spikes.
  6. Get pumped. Don’t forget some heart-pumping tunes to keep you going. With the Gear Fit2 Pro, you can put your playlist right on your wrist. Download your favourite songs and playlists2 to power your workout offline using Spotify.3 It has 4 gigabytes of storage and holds up to 500 songs—that’s a mighty long run!
  7. Go cord-free. Need the perfect pair of cord-free earbuds to complement your winter run? Meet the Samsung Gear IconX. They fit comfortably under your hat and have easy touch controls.

Now you have everything you need to get running and banish those winter blues!

1Water resistant up to 50 meters per ISO standard 22810:2010. Not intended for scuba diving. Avoid excessive, sudden temperature changes, and high velocity activities. Falls and shocks may breach integrity. Rinse in fresh water and dry after use in sea water.

2Wireless headset required.

3Spotify Premium subscription required to play music offline.