One of the most off-putting parts of working out during the winter is the cold temperatures. We tend to use it as an excuse to stay snuggled up on the couch when in reality, we need to be maintaining an active lifestyle.

Believe it or not, you can still get out for a run like you did all summer long. With the right apparel and a positive mindset, you can overcome the cold and get active. We’ve compiled a few easy tips to keep you running all winter.

What to wear: Running is the ultimate year-round sport. You can run in 95 degrees, and you can run in 0 degrees. The difference is being able to overcome the cold through the first five minutes of a winter run. While that challenge may sound overwhelming, it can be done with the proper clothing.

To beat the cold, make sure as much of your skin is covered as possible when going out for a winter run. The tiny uncovered spots like the gap between your pants and socks make an enormous difference, so make sure to cover them with a longer pair of socks. Additionally, you’ll want to keep your head almost completely covered, as it releases more heat than any other part of your body. Wear a hat, scarf or face mask and a pair of sunglasses to keep the wind from blowing into your eyes. You’d be surprised how much warmer you’ll feel. You can also buy spikes to put over any pair of shoes to help your traction on the ice and snow.

Stay positive: Once you’re bundled up in the right gear, the only thing left to do is step outside. Those first few seconds can feel unbearable, but if you can just start, you’ll be able to overcome it.

The key to keeping it up is to stay positive. Turning into a fierce wind or snow bank can be a downer, so try to think about the benefits you’re getting out of running. Embrace the fact that you’re one of the few people courageous enough to brave the cold and refuse to let it beat you.

The cold doesn’t have to stop you from running this winter. By wearing the right clothes and keeping a positive attitude, you’ll be able handle anything winter throws your way.

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