Don’t let the cold temperatures slow you down

It’s cold out and the weather may be stopping you from hitting the trails. Use these quick tips from Runner’s World Magazine to beat the cold and keep up with your routine.

Shoes matter.

With slush and ice, it is hard to keep your feet warm and underneath you.

Avoid shoes with a lot of mesh and consider buying yourself a pair of Yaktrak, or any sneaker with traction in winter weather.

That way you won’t slide around and can focus on the road in front of you.

Dress the part.

Maine track club President Mark Grandonico said he suggests dressing as if it is 20 degrees warmer than it it.

Layering up with fabrics will allow you to avoid the icy air without overheating too much. Then you can shed layers as you go.

Get your shine on.

Since it is getting dark earlier, make sure you wear something reflective so cars can see you coming.

Warm up.

Do something inside before leaving your house like jumping jacks, running up and down your stairs or jogging in place.

This will get the blood flowing and trick your body into thinking it’s warmer than it really is.