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Sunday, February 25, 2024

Ask Ms. Scientist: running in the cold

Dear Ms. Scientist,

Is it healthy to run in the cold?

—Chelsae F.

Everybody reacts to physical and environmental stresses differently and there is not a clear, yes-or-no answer, as there is for questions like, “Is it healthy to smoke cigarettes?” However, some runners just have more sensitive airways to dry, cold temperatures, leading to bronchial irritation and asthmatic symptoms. The colder the air and longer the run is affects the amount of stress and injury to the lungs. In addition, dehydration progresses faster and hypothermia can occur. At very extreme temperatures, there is more risk for external injuries, like frostbite. In the end, as long as you dress properly, stay hydrated, and listen to your body and do what is comfortable for you, it is okay to jog with Jack Frost.

Ask Ms. Scientist is written by Corinne Thornton.

If you have a burning science question you want her to answer, email it to

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