Too windy, too cold, too dark: end with excuses - with intelligent functional safety clothing and running accessories, the continuous running through the winter landscape becomes a safe and warm pleasure.
Optimum cold running: the onion principle
The English magic word when choosing the right running gear in winter is "layering". In this case, a plurality of thin layers of clothing, similar to an onion, is layered layer by layer. Anna and Lisa Hanker, German Olympic runners, also advise: "The onion principle ensures that the air heated by the body can move freely between the garments and the runner does not freeze."
But does not it offer a thick winter jacket or a warmly-lined hooey against the cold, as a few airy clothing layers made of high-tech fibers? Thick feeding insulates the body temperature but also prevents moisture transport. If the t-shirt sticks to the body, it is not only extremely unpleasant, it also promotes colds.
Winter jogging: invest in the right running gear
In order to be well-suited to an average German winter when jogging against wetness and cold, a basic outfit with three layers usually suffices. We explain what you should pay attention to when buying:
Welding: Functional clothing with reflective material should be as close to the body as possible, light and seamless. It forms the first layer of optimal running gear. It ensures that the moisture is reliably carried away from the body and transported outwards. However, you should refrain from using natural cotton. For cotton sucks the perspiration like a sponge and inserts it into its fibers. The consequences: the clothing sticks to the body and the runner begins to freeze. The situation is different with the so-called "functional fibers" of the sports industry. These include polypropylene, polyamide or polyester.
Heat: The second layer of the functional clothing has the task of isolating the heat released by the body. This means that body warmth should remain on the body rather than escape into the cold winter air. This is the only way to keep the jogger warm during longer runs. For this purpose, a lined fleece jacket is suitable.
Protective shield: The outermost garment while running has two functions: it protects the weather from the outside, which prevents the cold coming from the outside to the body. On the other hand, the material must ensure removal of the body weld. This garment is typically a light, yet cold-repellent running jacket. Here too, the sportswear industry is waiting with a wide range of innovations that fulfill both functions reliably. The best-known examples are Gore-Tex fibers, which block off external influences such as rain, wind and snow, and are at the same time breathable.
Whether your own clothing is suitable and warm enough for a winter run can be easily determined by the following rule of thumb: A safety vest and training outfit should be chosen for an outdoor temperature, which is six to seven degrees warmer than the current one. In the first steps in the open, the runners should be slightly chilly.