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(HealthDay News) -- When the weather gets cold, you can take the temperature change in stride as long as you take a few precautions.
The Road Runners Club of America offers these safety guidelines for winter weather running:
Avoid headphones or earplugs so you can hear potential threats, such as cars or falling branches.
Don't run when the weather is icy. If you do go out, make sure your shoes have plenty of traction.
As the days get shorter, wear bright or reflective gear, so motorists can see you.
Dress in layers.
If you start shivering, it's a sign that your body is losing heat. Don't ignore this potential sign of hypothermia.
Know where to find shelter on your route.
If you drive before you start running, keep a blanket and change of clothes in your car.