Is the rain about to ruin your work out schedule? Do not worry. Scientific research shows that jogging in the rain helps burn more calories. You also do not get tired faster hence allowing you to intensify your work out.
However joggers need to be cautious and well prepared when they go out jogging in the rain. Below we have a list of measures joggers should always put into consideration before going for a jog in the rain. Here is some motivation for running in the rain.
1. Put on a hat.
When rain water hits your face it may become difficult for you to see, and a lot of time and energy will be wasted in wiping off water from your face. Hats especially those with brims ensure that rain does not hit your face allowing you to work out without any worries.
2. Put on clothes with water resistant fabrics.
Jogging in the rain increases the the chances of losing a lot of heat hence causing hypothermia. Wearing clothes made of water resistant fabrics such as polypropylene will ensure that less cold water gets into contact with your skin. This protects you from extreme loss of heat which may cause pneumonia.
3. Wear shoes with good sole.
When it rains the ground becomes more slippery. In such conditions you can easily fall and injure yourself or you may not run comfortably if your shoes are not good enough. The shoes should be water proof to prevent them from soaking a lot of water. Thinner socks are also advisable because they soak less water than thick once.
4. Put on bright clothes.
Visibility is low during rainy conditions, it is therefore extremely dangerous to run in the rain. Wearing bright clothes or clothes with neon ensures you are more visible to other road users keeping you more visible and safer.
5. Plan your route carefully.
Running in the rain poses a lot of challenges and risks. Before going for a jog in the rain you need to weigh your options and choose a rout that would favor the rainy conditions. Choose routs that are less slippery and those with less car traffic to ensure that you are safe
6. Avoid running in thunderstorms.
As much as it may be fun to run in the rain not all rainy conditions are good for running. Going out for a jog during thunder storms puts you at a risk of being struck by lightening. Further more visibility in such conditions are extremely poor and you may not be visible to other road users. Instead you can move your work outs indoors and stay safe.
7. Keep all your electronics in a plastic bag.
When you are going out for a jog in the rain it is better to leave your gadgets at home. Unless you have water resistant phone or gadgets, it is advisable to put all your gadgets into a plastic bag as you jog in the rain.
Change immediately after the work out. Staying with wet clothes for a long time after getting rained on increases our chances of getting hypothermia. After a jog in the rain it is advisable dry up, change into dry clothes and get something hot to eat or drink.