Running in autumn weather: dos and don’ts

Autumn is usually a colorful mixture of warm late summer days and rainy weather. For amateur athletes, the risk of catching a  cold  while jogging is easily pre-programmed. With intense exertion and weather changes, the risk of catching a cold increases, the warm afternoons are often overestimated and the fresh air makes running high spirits. Read here what you should do when jogging in autumn and what is better to avoid.

Thu: Drink enough

The cooler days tempt you to drink less. If a workout or a jog is planned in the evening, you should drink enough fluids. Two to three liters distributed throughout the day help to maintain the fluid balance during sport. The mucous membranes also do not dry out as quickly, which can protect against viruses and bacteria. Tip:  Do not drink directly before or during exercise –  tea  or soup help to restore balance after the workout and also warm you up from the inside.

Don’t: Cool down after training

Into the warmth: after jogging or an outdoor workout, you shouldn’t stay outdoors for too long. Cooldown and stretching should be done in a warm environment. In this way you avoid cooling down of the muscles and unpleasant tension as well as infections and colds. A warm  shower  or a long bath also help the body to relax.

Do: Choosing the right clothes

The golden mean is the keyword: you should neither underestimate the warm autumn days nor wear too much clothing when running. Breathable clothing based on the layering principle keeps you sufficiently warm and wicks moisture and  sweat  away from the body. Anyone who freezes slightly at the beginning of the running session has made the right choice – when running, the body temperature usually rises again quickly.

Tip:  Make sure you have the right running shoes in autumn. Wet leaves and damp paths can otherwise become an unpleasant slide and pose health risks.

Don’t: leave the house without reflectors

The days are getting shorter, and those who go jogging in the morning or after work usually do so in the dark. In order not to endanger yourself or others, you should therefore ensure that there is sufficient light. Headlamps and reflectors as well as bright running clothes help you to be recognized in traffic. Even on dark forest paths, headlamps provide sufficient visibility to have an optimal view of obstacles and the path.

Do: Overcome the weaker self

After a long day at work still out in the cold water, maybe the rain? – Yes! If you feel fit, sport is the perfect way to end the day and the feeling of stepping into the shower after a run in the cold air is ideal for your own well-being: jogging releases endorphins and  reduces stress  , and running also supports the heart -Circulatory system and can help with weight loss.

Don’t: Go jogging when you’re sick or have a cold

Anyone who caught a cold in autumn or already has a slight cold  should  leave their running shoes in the hallway and relax on the couch with a cup of warm tea. Sport and a cold are not a good combination: additional stress (sport) can aggravate the infection, in the worst case, viruses or bacteria settle on the heart muscle and cause  myocarditis . If this remains undetected, this can have serious health consequences and even death.

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