Many runners stop training in the street as they believe that breathing in cold air can harm their health. They also sometimes feel a slight burning sensation in their lungs that become an additional cause for concern.

However, you should not worry about this. The thing is that the cold air that you breathe in wintertime gets into your lungs already warm. Our lungs are able to warm and humidify inhaled air to body temperature without damaging tissue. This is because, passing through the nasopharynx, the larynx, and reaching the lower part of the trachea, it warms up to a temperature of 36.6 degrees Celsius and has 100% humidity. So, in fact, the temperature and humidity of the environment do not matter.


The burning sensation experienced by runners during a winter run can be associated with dehydration and subsequent irritation of the cells lining the trachea since the air in cold weather is quite dry and has low humidity.

Here are a few useful tips on how to get rid of burning sensation in cold weather:

1. Drink enough water to keep the trachea cells moist for a long time.

2. Focus on deep and smooth breathing while jogging as short quick breaths might irritate the trachea more.

3. Wear a thin scarf, balaclava or face mask to prewarm the air before you breathe it.

Also, do not forget that low temperatures can lead to frostbite in open areas of the body, so it's better to close them as much as possible. If you are not an experienced runner it's better to cancel the training in the open air at low temperatures.