How to Exercise in Extreme Cold: Page 2

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"I would say that I'm chilly in certain spots on most runs in the winter, but it's not a dangerous cold where I can feel my skin start to sting," Cueno said. "In other words, there is a difference between feeling cold in areas on your body and the beginning signs of frostbite or hypothermia."

The possibility of frostbite, however, is a good reason to find a partner to work out with.

"Some of your winter running might be in the dark and it will undoubtedly include some slippery footing," Cueno said. "Not only can a buddy provide motivation, camaraderie, and conversation, it is also safer."

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In Minneapolis, dedicated running and biking paths are often plowed before the streets are. But that’s not always the case. “Know your footing,” Cueno said. “You need to be aware that there are areas that might have black ice. These spots tend to form on the edges of snow patches before underpasses.”

"This time of year when it's slippery I do have to focus on road conditions; I can't think about work or home so I’m really in the moment, and it’s nice to have that," Tripp said.

Studded tires for bikes and mini-crampons for running shoes can provide stability.

Still not convinced? Even Cueno, an Olympic trials marathoner, says she’s done more indoor running this year.

"Outdoor running has been particularly tough this year and I do not think it is for everyone," she said. "Great alternatives are treadmill, indoor track, and even an indoor group if you have access to one."

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