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Health Tip: Winter Running Safety

-- If you're an avid runner -- or are hitting the pavement for an occasional jog -- the onset of winter shouldn't force you to hang up your sneakers for the season.

Try these winter running safety tips from the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society:

  • Warm up -- your body will take a little longer to warm up, so begin with a fast-paced walk for at least five minutes before you start to run.
  • To help keep you warm, toss your clothes in the dryer for a few minutes before you put them on.
  • Run with a shorter stride in the winter to reduce the risk of slipping and falling. Also, stay away from icy patches or packed snow.
  • Dress in layers that you can peel off when you get too warm.
  • If it gets too cold, run on a treadmill indoors.
  • Don't forget to drink plenty of fluids -- before, during and after your run.
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Posted: December 2008