We know it’s hard to imagine right now, but fall is less than a month away. In Colorado, that could mean any number of things. It could be continued warm weather, or it could mean beautiful, cool fall days, but it could also mean frost. What should you do if it’s 70 and sunny one day, but nearly freezing the next? Should you skip your daily walk?

We say no; don’t skip that walk or run if that’s what you like to do. Just because the weather changed doesn’t automatically imply you have to take it inside on the treadmill. (Who really enjoys the treadmill anyway?) It simply means you need to prepare differently. Here are a few do’s and don’ts.

DO wear layers. It’s okay to feel uncomfortably chilly at the beginning of your walk or run, because as you get going, you’ll warm up. As you get warmer, take off your heavier outer layer and wrap it around your waist.

DON’T go out if it’s well below freezing and you’re not well prepared. Everyone has different tolerance to cold, and if it makes you uneasy to think about walking outside when it’s below freezing, don’t.

DO wear gloves and a hat. While it’s not true that you lose 40% – 50% of heat from your head, it’s just plain uncomfortable to have cold wind blowing past your ears. Further, wearing gloves helps with peripheral blood flow. When it’s cold out, your body automatically defers blood to the heart and lungs to regulate your core temperature, which is why your fingers and toes get cold first. Gloves can help keep your fingers from going numb.

DON’T skimp on hydration because it feels like you don’t need as much water. Cooler days can be deceiving, but if you’re walking or running at the same intensity, be sure to stay hydrated just as you would on a warmer day.

Let us know if you have questions or need ideas about how to keep yourself moving as the weather changes from summer to fall! We’re here for you!

By Laura Vroman