A recent study in the Journal of Foot & Ankle Surgery reveals that patients with vitamin D deficiency are more prone to having stress fractures.
During the winter months, there is less exposure to sunlight and this can reduce the amount of vitamin D available to the body. After a long winter, your bones may not be as strong as they were the previous summer, and getting back into a vigorous running and excercise program may make you prone to increased stress on your bones and eventually leading to debilitating stress fractures.
Consider spending some extra time in the sunlight and perhaps using vitamin D tablets in the winter to keep your bones strong. This may also help you prepare for your spring regiment. Lastly, always remember to ease back into an excercise schedule.
Much like the sports car that’s been cooling away in the garage all winter, the body also needs some time to warm up!