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Doctor Says Running in Cold Weather Not So Unhealthy

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By: Leah Uko

luko@kptm.com

OMAHA (KPTM) – A doctor at University of Nebraska Medical Center said it's not unhealthy to run outside in below freezing temperatures as long as people are prepared.

Dr. Gib Willett with UNMC told FOX 42 News people should extend the time they warm up before running outside depending on how cold it is.

"If you're just going out, start with a brisk walk. Maybe walk for 5, 10 or 15 minutes and before you start jogging," Willett explained.

Willett said he understood that runners run no matter what the weather conditions are like. But he wanted to remind them to drink enough water before they begin their runs to avoid dehydrating.

Other cold weather running tips included:

Shortening your stride to reduce the risk of slipping, falling or straining muscles

Wear enough layers to protect your open pores from cold air

Run into the wind at the beginning of your run before you start to sweat. Run with the wind on your way back

Wear bright, visible colors, especially at night and in the snow

Wear tennis shoes that have strong traction on the bottom so when running on ice, snow, wet concrete or uneven pavement, you can avoid injury.

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